- IPA: /spɛk/
speck (plural specks)
- A tiny spot, especially of dirt etc.
- a tiny speck of soot
- A very small thing; a particle; a whit.
- Synonyms: Thesaurus:modicum
- He has not a speck of money.
- ante 1864 Walter Savage Landor, quoted in 1971, Ernest Dilworth, Walter Savage Landor, Twayne Publishers, page 88 ↗,
- Onward, and many bright specks bubble up along the blue Aegean; islands, every one of which, if the songs and stories of the pilots are true, is the monument of a greater man than I am.
- (fish) A small etheostomoid fish, Etheostoma stigmaeum, common in the eastern United States.
- French: point
- German: Fleck
- Italian: macchiolina
- Portuguese: pontinho
- Russian: пылинка f (pilinka), пятнышко
- Spanish: mota
speck (specks, present participle specking; past and past participle specked)
- (transitive) To mark with specks; to speckle.
- paper specked by impurities in the water used in its manufacture
- 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost, 1991, Stephen Orgel, Jonathan Goldberg (editors), The Major Works, 2003, paperback, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=Q0xkC5CEhHQC&pg=PA534&dq=%22+Carnation,+purple,+azure,+or+specked+with+gold.+%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=aCUbUoPNHYWfkwW53IHgBw&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22%20Carnation%2C%20purple%2C%20azure%2C%20or%20specked%20with%20gold.%20%22&f=false page 534],
- Each flower of slender stalk, whose head though gay / Carnation, purple, azure, or specked with gold, / Hung drooping unsustained,
- Fat; lard; fat meat.
- (uncountable) A juniper-flavoured ham originally from Tyrol.
- The blubber of whales or other marine mammals.
- The fat of the hippopotamus.
- Russian: сало