- The definition of a spot is a flaw, stain or rounded mark either on something or in a person's character.
An example of spot is a red wine stain.
- Spot is defined as to stain, to remove stains, to recognize or to see.
- An example of spot is to clean up a red wine stain.
- An example of spot is to notice a best friend in a crowd of people.
- a small area of different color or texture from the main area of which it is a part; often, a mark made by some foreign matter; stain, blot, speck, patch, etc.
- any of the pips used on playing cards, dice, etc.
- a playing card having (a specified number of) pips that indicate its rank: the ten spot of spades
- a flaw or defect, as in character or reputation; something blameworthy; fault
- a locality; place: a good fishing spot
- any small area or space
- a small, edible, silvery, marine drum fish (Leiostomus xanthurus) of the W Atlantic with a black spot behind the gill cover
- Brit., Informal a small quantity; bit: a spot of tea
- Informal position; situation; job
- Informal position or place in a schedule or listing
- Informal a spot advertisement or announcement
- the number of points, strokes, etc. added to or subtracted from a competitor's score as a handicap
- the number of points, etc. assigned by gamblers to one side in a contest, in an attempt to equalize betting on both sides
- Slang a nightclub
- Slang a piece of paper money of a specified value: a ten spot
Origin of spotMiddle English from or akin to Middle Dutch spotte, akin to Old Norse spotti, small piece (of ground)
transitive verbspot′ted, spot′ting
- to mark with spots
- to sully; stain; blemish
- to mark for future consideration
- to place in or on a given spot or spots; locate: to spot men at strategic points
- Informal to put in a spot in a schedule or listing
- to be located at various places in or on
- to shine a spotlight on
- to remove (individual spots, marks, etc.) as in dry cleaning
- to pick out; detect; see; recognize: to spot someone in a crowd
- to determine the location of (a target, the enemy, etc.)
- to correct the accuracy of (gunfire) for a gun crew
- to observe and report on (plays) as a spotter in sports
- Informal to give a numeric scoring advantage to (the weaker side in a contest): to spot the beginner five points
- to become marked with spots
- to cause a spot or spots; make a stain, as ink, water, etc.
- to act as a spotter, esp. for a gun crew or in sports
- that can be paid out or delivered immediately; ready: spot cash
- involving immediate payment of cash
- involving cash transactions only
- made at random or according to an arbitrary sampling procedure: a spot survey
- inserted between regular radio or television programs: a spot advertisement or announcement
change one's spots
Origin of spotin allusion to a leopard's distinctive coat
hit the high spots
hit the spot
in a (bad) spot
on the spot
- on or at the place mentioned
- at once; immediately
- Informal in trouble or difficulty
- Informal in a position where an immediate response to a difficult question or situation is expected
- a. A mark on a surface differing sharply in color from its surroundings.b. A blemish, mark, or pimple on the skin.c. A stain or blot.
- Games a. A mark or pip on a playing card; a spade, club, diamond, or heart.b. A playing card with a specified number of such marks on it indicating its value.
- Informal A piece of paper money worth a specified number of dollars: a five spot.
- a. A small area: a bald spot; an itchy spot.b. A location or position: a good spot for catching fish.c. A point of interest: There are a lot of spots to visit in the old city.d. A position or an item in an ordered arrangement: the first spot in line.e. Football The position of the ball for the line of scrimmage as determined by a referee after a play.
- Informal A situation, especially a troublesome one.
- A flaw in one's reputation or character: a dark spot in his past.
- A short presentation or commercial on television or radio between major programs: a news spot.
- Informal A spotlight.
- pl. spot, or spots A small croaker (Leiostomus xanthurus) of North American Atlantic waters, having a dark mark above each pectoral fin and valued as a food and game fish.
- Chiefly British A small amount; a bit: a spot of tea.
verbspot·ted, spot·ting, spots
- To cause a spot or spots to appear on, especially:a. To soil with spots: Soot spotted the curtains.b. To decorate with spots; dot.
- To bring disgrace to; besmirch: rumors that spotted his reputation.
- a. To place in a particular location; situate precisely: spotted their stores in smaller towns.b. Football To position (the ball) determining the line of scrimmage after a play has been completed.
- To detect or discern, especially visually; spy: spotted him on the subway.
- To remove spots from, as in a laundry.
- Sports To yield a favorable scoring margin to: spotted their opponents 11 points.
- Sports To act as a spotter for (a gymnast, for example).
- Informal To lend: Can you spot me $25 until payday?
- To become marked with spots: These dishes spot easily.
- To cause a discoloration or make a stain.
- To locate targets from the air during combat or training missions.
- Made, paid, or delivered immediately: a spot sale.
- Of, relating to, or being a market in which payment or delivery is immediate: the spot market in oil.
- Involving random or selective instances or actions: a spot investigation.
- Presented between major radio or television programs: a spot announcement.
Origin of spotMiddle English from Old English
- A round or irregular patch on the surface of a thing having a different color, texture etc. and generally round in shape.
- The leopard is noted for the spots of color in its fur.
- A stain or disfiguring mark.
- I have tried everything, and I can't get this spot out.
- A pimple, papule or pustule.
- That morning, I saw that a spot had come up on my chin.
- I think she's got chicken pox; she's covered in spots.
- A small, unspecified amount or quantity.
- Would you like to come round on Sunday for a spot of lunch?
- (slang, US) A bill of five-dollar or ten-dollar denomination in dollars.
- Here's the twenty bucks I owe you, a ten spot and two five spots.
- A location or area.
- I like to eat lunch in a pleasant spot outside.
- For our anniversary we went back to the same spot where we first met.
- A parking space.
- (sports) An official determination of placement.
- The fans were very unhappy with the referee's spot of the ball.
- A bright lamp; a spotlight.
- (US, advertising) A brief advertisement or program segment on television.
- Did you see the spot on the news about the shoelace factory?
- Difficult situation; predicament
- She was in a real spot when she ran into her separated husband while on a date.
- (gymnastics, dance, weightlifting) One who spots (supports or assists a maneuver, or is prepared to assist if safety dictates); a spotter
- (soccer) penalty spot
- The act of spotting or noticing something.
- - You've misspelled "terrapin" here.
- - Whoops. Good spot.
- A variety of the common domestic pigeon, so called from a spot on its head just above the beak.
- A food fish (Liostomus xanthurus) of the Atlantic coast of the United States, with a black spot behind the shoulders and fifteen oblique dark bars on the sides.
- The southern redfish, or red horse, which has a spot on each side at the base of the tail.
- (in the plural, brokers' slang, dated) Commodities, such as merchandise and cotton, sold for immediate delivery.
- An autosoliton.
(third-person singular simple present spots, present participle spotting, simple past and past participle spotted)
- To see, find; to pick out, notice, locate, distinguish or identify
- Try to spot the differences between these two pictures.
- (finance) To loan a small amount of money to someone.
- I'll spot you ten dollars for lunch.
- (intransitive) To stain; to leave a spot (on).
- Hard water will spot if it is left on a surface.
- a garment spotted with mould
- To remove, or attempt to remove, a stain.
- I spotted the carpet where the child dropped spaghetti.
- (gymnastics, dance, weightlifting, climbing) To support or assist a maneuver, or to be prepared to assist if safety dictates.
- I can't do a back handspring unless somebody spots me.
- (dance) To keep the head and eyes pointing in a single direction while turning.
- Most figure skaters do not spot their turns like dancers do.
- To stain; to blemish; to taint; to disgrace; to tarnish, as reputation.
From Middle English spot or spotte, cognate with Middle Dutch spotte (“spot speck"), Low German spot, and Old Norse spotti (“small piece"). Also Old English splott (“spot, plot of land").
- A popular given name for a dog.
spot - Computer Definition
In the context of digital subscriber line (DSL), a frame used where a competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC) or Internet service provider (ISP) is leasing dry copper pairs from the incumbent LEC (ILEC) for purposes of provisioning xDSL data services. The SPOT 1:8 SplitterDistribution FilterFeeder Fiber2:12:12:1 frame, and other hardware, is collocated in the ILEC central office (CO), generally in separately secured leased space.The ILEC cross-connects the individual leased circuits at the main distribution frame (MDF), and terminates them in the SPOT frame, where the CLEC or ISP connects them to the DSL access multiplexer (DSLAM). See also CLEC, CO, cross-connect, dry copper pair, DSL, DSLAM, frame, ILEC, ISP, MDF, and xDSL.