spot·​ter | \ ˈspä-tər How to pronounce spotter (audio) \

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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The first shooting occurred at about 7:45 p.m. Saturday in the 500 block of South Utica Street, according to the shot spotter, Montoya said. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "2 adults, 2 juveniles injured in three overnight shootings hours apart in Denver," 4 Aug. 2019 Cheap and easy to control, drones can act as spotters for enemy forces, coordinate an artillery barrage or airstrike, or even conduct their own attacks. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Marines Have Started Testing Its Drone-Killing Laser Weapon," 21 June 2019 Villagers act as spotters, offering hikes to camera traps or a chance to see the cats, sometimes from the side of the road and the warmth of an SUV. Adam Popescu, Washington Post, "Tracking one of the world’s most elusive cats," 19 May 2018 In response, governments have released jellyfish-eating fish and turtles into their waters, sent out spotter boats to locate the swarms, and set up dedicated phone lines to report them. David Adam, Smithsonian, "To Make Jellyfish More Appetizing, Add Light and Sound Effects to the Dining Experience," 12 July 2019 Until about three years ago, Thai spotters equipped with GPS could make $1,000 by going into the forest and tagging a single large rosewood tree. Ben C. Solomon, New York Times, "‘These Forests Are the Lungs of the Country’: Thai Rangers Guard Precious Rosewood," 21 June 2019 Volunteer spotters work with the same rider for all five days. Aegis Staff Report,, "Volunteers still needed for Harford adapted bike camp," 20 June 2019 On expeditions, Skomal works with a ship captain and spotter pilot. Neil Swidey,, "We’re afraid of sharks. But maybe we’re not afraid enough.," 9 July 2019 According to the spotter pilots, there are more bluefin around. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Bluefin catch a San Diego record for full-day boat," 13 June 2019

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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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