- Informal an area of actual or potential trouble or violence
- a lively, popular place for entertainment or socializing
- any place regarded as a center for a specified activity or interest: a bird-watching hot spot
- an area of especially intense heat or radiation
- Comput. a building, business, or locality where wireless access to the Internet is provided or is available
The definition of a hot spot is any area that provides wireless Internet access to devices that enter the area.
An example of a hot spot is a library, cafe, school, university, hospital, restaurant, hotel, retail store, and even some public parks.
Often sp. hot′spot·
- An area in which there is dangerous unrest or hostile action: “opportunities … for United Nations forces to play a constructive role in some of the world's hot spots” ( Paul Lewis )
- Informal A lively and popular place, such as a nightclub.
- An area of intense heat, radiation, or activity.
- A location where Wi-Fi is publicly available.
A volcanic area that forms as a tectonic plate moves over a point heated from deep within the Earth's mantle. The source of the heat is thought to be the decay of radioactive elements. The Hawaiian Islands formed as a series of hot spots.
See more at tectonic boundary
(plural hot spots)
- A dangerous place of violent political unrest
- A lively and entertaining place, such as a nightclub
- An area of radioactive contamination
- (computing) A part of an application that consumes a significant amount of execution time
- (computing, graphical user interface) Part of a control that responds dynamically as the user moves the pointer over it, as for example in an image map.
- (genetics) The region of a gene in which there is higher than normal rate of mutation
- (networking) A location in which WiFi Internet access is available
- (planetology, geology) The surface manifestation of a plume that rises from deep in the celestial body’s mantle