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Dictionary Definition

spot

Noun

1 a point located with respect to surface features of some region; "this is a nice place for a picnic" [syn: topographic point, place]
2 a short section or illustration (as between radio or tv programs or in a magazine) that is often used for advertising
3 a blemish made by dirt; "he had a smudge on his cheek" [syn: smudge, blot, daub, smear, smirch, slur]
4 a small contrasting part of something; "a bald spot"; "a leopard's spots"; "a patch of clouds"; "patches of thin ice"; "a fleck of red" [syn: speckle, dapple, patch, fleck, maculation]
5 a section of an entertainment that is assigned to a specific performer or performance; "they changed his spot on the program"
6 an outstanding characteristic; "his acting was one of the high points of the movie" [syn: point]
7 a business establishment for entertainment; "night spot"
8 a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury" [syn: position, post, berth, office, billet, place, situation]
9 a slight attack of illness; "he has a touch of rheumatism" [syn: touch]
10 a small quantity; "a spot of tea"; "a bit of paper" [syn: bit]
11 a mark on a playing card (shape depending on the suit) [syn: pip]
12 a lamp that produces a strong beam of light to illuminate a restricted area; used to focus attention of a stage performer [syn: spotlight]
13 a playing card with a specified number of pips on it to indicate its value; "an eight spot"
14 an act that brings discredit to the person who does it; "he made a huge blot on his copybook" [syn: blot, smear, smirch, stain]

Verb

1 catch sight of [syn: descry, espy, spy]
2 mar or impair with a flaw; "her face was blemished" [syn: blemish]
3 make a spot or mark onto; "The wine spotted the tablecloth" [syn: fleck, blob, blot]
4 become spotted; "This dress spots quickly"
5 mark with a spot or spots so as to allow easy recognition; "spot the areas that one should clearly identify" [also: spotting, spotted]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

Perhaps from spotte or spot.

Pronunciation

  • /spɒt/
  • Rhymes with: -ɒt

Noun

  1. A stain or disfiguring mark.
    I have tried everything, and I can’t get this spot out.
  2. A pimple or pustule.
    That morning, I saw that a spot had come up on my chin.
  3. 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.
  4. A small, unspecified amount or quantity.
    Would you like to come round on Sunday for a spot of lunch?
  5. A bill of five-dollar or ten-dollar denomination in dollars (US).
    Here's the twenty bucks I owe you, a ten spot and two five spots.
  6. A particular location or area.
    I like to eat lunch in a pleasant spot outside.
  7. A bright lamp; a spotlight.
  8. A brief advertisement or program segment on television.
    Did you see the spot on the news about the shoelace factory?

Translations

stain
  • Dutch: vlek, i Flemish plek
  • Finnish: tahra
  • German: Fleck
  • Norwegian: flekk
  • Portuguese: mancha
  • Russian: пятно
  • Swedish: fläck
pimple, pustule
  • Dutch: puist
  • French: bouton
  • Norwegian: kvise
  • Russian: прыщик
  • Scots: pluke
  • Spanish: grano
a round or irregular patch of a different color
  • Arabic:
  • Chinese: 斑點, 斑点 (bāndiǎn)
  • Dutch: vlek, i Flemish plek
  • Finnish: pilkku
  • French: tache
  • German: Fleck
  • Greek: βούλα (voúla)
  • Hungarian: folt
  • Italian: macchia
  • Japanese: (buchi), 斑点 (hanten), 染み (shimi)
  • Korean: (jeom)
  • Norwegian: flekk, prikk
  • Portuguese: mancha
  • Russian: пятно
  • Spanish: mancha
  • Swedish: fläck, prick
small amount
location or area
  • Dutch: plaats, plek
  • German: Stelle, Ort
  • Japanese: 場所 (basho)
  • Norwegian: sted
  • Portuguese: lugar
  • Russian: место
  • Swedish: plats
bright lamp; spotlight
a brief advertisement

Verb

  1. To see, find; to pick out, notice, locate or identify.
    Try to spot the differences between these two entries.
  2. To loan a small amount of money to someone.
    I’ll spot you ten dollars for lunch.
  3. To stain; to leave a spot.
    Hard water will spot if it is left on a surface.
  4. To remove, or attempt to remove, a stain.
    I spotted the carpet where the child dropped spaghetti.
  5. In the context of "gymnastics|dance|weightlifting": 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.
  6. To keep the head and eyes pointing in a single direction while turning.
    Most figure skaters do not spot their turns like dancers do.

Translations

pick out, notice or identify
loan money to somebody
stain; leave a spot
remove, or attempt to remove, a stain
sports: support or assist a maneuver
  • Dutch: spotten
dance: keep the head and eyes pointing in a single direction while turning

Anagrams

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • /spɔt/

Etymology 1

Noun

  1. mockery

Verb

spot

Etymology

Borrowed from spot.

Noun

  1. spot; a spotlight.
  2. spot; a brief segment on television.

Anagrams

French

Etymology

Borrowed from spot.

Pronunciation

  • /spɔt/

Noun

fr-noun m
  1. light spot
  2. blip i on radar
  3. In the context of "cinematography|theatre|lang=fr": spotlight, spot

Extensive Definition

The common noun or verb spot has many meanings in English.
Otherwise, Spot or SPOT may refer to:

Fiction

Music

Other meanings

spot in German: Spot
spot in Spanish: Spot
spot in French: Spot
spot in Italian: Spot
spot in Dutch: Spot
spot in Japanese: SPOT
spot in Polish: Spot
spot in Vietnamese: Vết đen

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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