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.

Recent Examples on the Web

The turbulent conditions began about 3:36 p.m. when numerous weather spotters confirmed seeing a funnel cloud over downtown Fort Lauderdale. Tonya Alanez,, "Two tornadoes confirmed in wild, stormy day in South Florida," 11 Apr. 2018 Boston police reported that the shot spotter system captured the sound of gunfire on Eustis Street around the time the bus was hit, officials said. John R. Ellement,, "T bus struck by bullet in Roxbury early Friday," 11 May 2018 This year’s iCan Bike Camp brought together 30 campers and a number of volunteers who work with the campers as spotters and assist the regular counselors. The Aegis, "Harford concludes another successful iCan Bike Camp," 13 July 2018 Two certified trainers now sit in a booth above the field, acting as spotters who can communicate over a dedicated radio with a neurological consultant on each sideline. New York Times, "Brett Gardner Shook Off a Collision, but Questions Persist," 28 June 2018 Two gang members stand as spotters on the end of her block, smoking cigarettes, crosses around their necks, but her fears are much farther north. Joshua Partlow, Washington Post, "The story behind the girl in the recording who begs for her aunt after being separated from her migrant mother," 21 June 2018 The volunteer spotters work with the same camper each day and can end up running more than three miles during a daily training station. The Aegis, "Harford concludes another successful iCan Bike Camp," 13 July 2018 Typically, drivers can talk back and forth with their crew chief and spotter during the race. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "How radio communication provided a winning tool and changed the course of NASCAR racing," 9 July 2018 Plane spotters attending the show, which by entente cordiale alternates annually with that in Paris, will be hoping for an appearance by one of the F-35 Lightning fighters delivered recently to Britain’s air force and navy. The Economist, "Tomorrow’s squadron leaders will be accompanied by drones," 5 July 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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