Pronunciation Noun

speck (plural specks)

  1. A tiny spot, especially of dirt etc.
    a tiny speck of soot
  2. 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.
  3. (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)

  1. (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,

speck (uncountable)

  1. Fat; lard; fat meat.
  2. (uncountable) A juniper-flavoured ham originally from Tyrol.
  3. The blubber of whales or other marine mammals.
  4. The fat of the hippopotamus.
  • Russian: сало

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