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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Alert plane spotters caught a rare sight at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport over the weekend. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "A huge Ukrainian plane landed at Sky Harbor Airport. Here's why it came to Phoenix.," 5 Aug. 2019 Maria Baranova Prototype, the festival of new work whose ambitions are aptly conveyed by its subtitle, Opera/Theater/Now, has in its seven seasons gained a reputation as a star spotter. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "An Operatic Star Spotter Announces Its 2020 Festival," 10 July 2019 Participants typically swim around 19 miles per day and use a kayaker as a spotter. CBS News, "Search continues for North Carolina swimmer missing in Hudson River," 15 June 2019 Since the climber is losing the extra protection of the rope, climbing gyms compensate with a padded gym floor or crash pads, which are sometimes moved by a spotter depending on how far the climber moves. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "Why You Should Try Bouldering Like Brie Larson," 7 Jan. 2019 In theory, a spotter at the rope’s base helped ease the climber’s ascent. Mike Kerrigan, WSJ, "Kids Don’t Learn the Ropes These Days," 9 Sep. 2018 The warning had been issued after a spotter on the ground saw a funnel cloud and radar detected rotation in a storm around Parkland and Coral Springs. David Fleshler,, "Tornado warning in Broward and Palm Beach counties has been lifted," 27 Apr. 2018 Wary from past occasions when the dragsters, alerted by their own spotters, flew the coop, Police Captain Gene Caldwell executed Operation 901 with military precision. Johnny Miller, San Francisco Chronicle, "A look at the past: Cesar Chavez funeral draws 35,000," 25 Apr. 2018 One picture shows reservists training in a two-man sniper-spotter team. Zachary Mider,, "Robert Mercer’s Secret Adventure as a New Mexico Cop," 28 Mar. 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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