spot·​ter | \ ˈspä-tər \

Definition of spotter

1 : one that makes or applies a spot (as for identification)
2 : one that looks or keeps watch: such as
a : one that locates enemy targets
b : a civilian who watches for approaching airplanes
c : a person who assists another during exercise (as to prevent injury)
3 : one that removes spots
4 : one that places something on or in a desired spot

Examples of spotter in a Sentence

When you lift weights, you should always have a spotter.

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That’s a little bit tougher when everybody can put two spotters and take care of everybody with a man free in the back, and then rush four and sometimes get to the quarterback and sometimes not. Susan Miller Degnan, miamiherald, "Miami Hurricanes star predicts next starting quarterback | Miami Herald," 1 Feb. 2018 This is actually not the first time the F-117 mysteriously took flight—a hobbyist filmed one flying around the same Nevada test range in 2010, and other Nighthawks have been captured on video and in photos by amateur plane-spotters since then. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Why Were Two F-117s Flying Over Nevada?," 23 Sep. 2016 Now, as beauty spotter Trendmood1 reports, MegaGlo is welcoming new shades for fall. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Wet n Wild Just Dropped New MegaGlo Highlighting Bars at Walgreens," 28 Aug. 2018 Fire spotters detected two new fires nearby on Saturday. Benjamin Romano, The Seattle Times, "Weekend lightning, wind spread wildfires across Washington state," 14 Aug. 2018 Politi said the most common way for sharks to be detected along the Cape is by spotters in planes who radio the sightings to the various harbor masters, who then relay the news to on-duty lifeguards and beach patrol personnel. Sophia Eppolito And Marek Mazurek,, "On the Cape, tourists and locals take sharks in stride," 9 July 2018 Whether the index is truly useful as an economic trend spotter remains questionable. Michael Hiltzik,, "What became of the 'uncertainty' meme? As Trumponomics get more unpredictable, U.S. Chamber stops complaining," 25 June 2018 From the communication between the spotters in the booth and the sidelines to whether coaches get a say in determining if a player can return to the game or not, all of it was up for discussion. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "10 takeaways from behind-the-scenes tour of NFL's game-day medical procedures," 31 Jan. 2018 In honor of leaving its teen years behind, Too Faced is reportedly launching an exclusive 20th birthday collection, according to a post from beauty spotter Trendmood1. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Too Faced's 20th Birthday Collection Will Stoke Your '90s Nostalgia," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of spotter

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of spotter

: someone who looks for a particular type of person or thing

: a person who watches and helps someone who is exercising in order to help prevent injuries

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