Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
a person or thing that spots; specif.,
- a person whose work is removing spots, etc. in dry cleaning
- ☆ a person hired to watch for dishonesty, etc. among employees, as in a store
- a person who watches for, and reports, enemy aircraft
- a person who determines, as for a gun crew, the position of a target and the closeness to it of the projectiles fired
- ☆ a football coach's assistant in the stands who reports on the plays to the bench by phone; also, an assistant to a sports announcer who helps identify the players for the announcer
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- One that applies spots.
- One that looks for, locates, and reports something, as:a. A military or civil defense lookout.b. Informal A person hired to detect dishonest acts by employees, as in a bank.
- Sports a. One who identifies players on the field, as for a radio or television announcer.b. One who is responsible for watching and guarding a performer during practice to prevent injury, as in gymnastics or weightlifting.
- One employed by a dry cleaner to remove spots.