see also: Spot
  • (British) IPA: /spɒt/
  • (America) IPA: /spɑt/

spot (plural spots)

  1. 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.
    Why do ladybugs have spots?
  2. A stain or disfiguring mark.
    I have tried everything, and I can’t get this spot out.
  3. A pimple, papule or pustule.
    That morning, I saw that a spot had come up on my chin.
    I think she's got chicken pox; she's covered in spots.
  4. A small, unspecified amount or quantity.
    Would you like to come round on Sunday for a spot of lunch?
  5. (slang, US) A bill of five-dollar or ten-dollar denomination in dollars.
    Here's the twenty bucks I owe you, a ten spot and two five spots.
  6. A location or area.
    I like to eat lunch in a pleasant spot outside.
    For our anniversary we went back to the same spot where we first met.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 3”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      That spot to which I point is Paradise.
    • "A jolly place," said he, "in times of old! / But something ails it now: the spot is cursed."
    • 2011, Tom Fordyce, Rugby World Cup 2011: England 12-19 France
      Yachvilli made it 6-0 with a second sweet strike from 45 metres after Matt Stevens was penalised for collapsing a scrum, and then slid another penalty just wide from the same spot.
  7. A parking space.
  8. (sports) An official determination of placement.
    The fans were very unhappy with the referee's spot of the ball.
  9. A bright lamp; a spotlight.
  10. (US, advertising) A brief advertisement or program segment on television.
    Did you see the spot on the news about the shoelace factory?
  11. Difficult situation; predicament.
    She was in a real spot when she ran into her separated husband while on a date.
  12. (gymnastics, dance, weightlifting) One who spots (supports or assists a maneuver, or is prepared to assist if safety dictates); a spotter.
  13. (soccer) Penalty spot.
  14. The act of spotting or noticing something.
    - You've misspelled "terrapin" here.
    ''- Whoops. Good spot.
  15. A variety of the common domestic pigeon, so called from a spot on its head just above the beak.
  16. A food fish (Leiostomus xanthurus) of the Atlantic coast of the United States, with a black spot behind the shoulders and fifteen oblique dark bars on the sides.
  17. The southern redfish, or red horse (Sciaenops ocellatus), which has a spot on each side at the base of the tail.
  18. (in the plural, brokers' slang, dated) Commodities, such as merchandise and cotton, sold for immediate delivery.
  19. An autosoliton.
  20. (finance) A decimal point; point.
    Twelve spot two five pounds sterling. (ie. £12.25)
  21. Any of various points marked on the table, from which balls are played, in snooker, pool, billiards, etc.
  22. Any of the balls marked with spots in the game of pool, which one player aims to pot, the other player taking the stripes.
Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations Translations Verb

spot (spots, present participle spotting; past and past participle spotted)

  1. (transitive) To see, find; to pick out, notice, locate, distinguish or identify.
    Try to spot the differences between these two pictures.
  2. (finance) To loan a small amount of money to someone.
    I’ll spot you ten dollars for lunch.
  3. (ambitransitive) To stain; to leave a spot (on).
    Hard water will spot if it is left on a surface.
    a garment spotted with mould
  4. To remove, or attempt to remove, a stain.
    I spotted the carpet where the child dropped spaghetti.
  5. (gymnastics, dance, weightlifting, climbing) 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. (dance) To keep the head and eyes pointing in a single direction while turning.
    Most figure skaters do not spot their turns like dancers do.
  7. To stain; to blemish; to taint; to disgrace; to tarnish, as reputation.
    • My virgin life no spotted thoughts shall stain.
    • c. 1608–1610, Francis Beaumont; John Fletcher, “Philaster: Or, Love Lies a Bleeding”, in Comedies and Tragedies […], London: Printed for Humphrey Robinson, […], and for Humphrey Moseley […], published 1679, OCLC 3083972 ↗, Act 5, scene 2:
      If ever I shall close these eyes but once, / May I live spotted for my perjury.
  8. To cut or chip (timber) in preparation for hewing.
  9. To place an object at a location indicated by a spot. Notably in billiards or snooker.
    The referee had to spot the pink on the blue spot.
Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: emprestar
  • Russian: взять в долг
  • French: tacher
  • Portuguese: manchar
  • Russian: оста́вить пятно́
  • French: détacher
  • Portuguese: remover uma mancha
  • Russian: выводить
  • Russian: подстрахо́вывать

spot (not comparable)

  1. (commerce) Available on the spot; on hand for immediate payment or delivery.
    spot wheat; spot cash

Proper noun
  1. A popular given name for a dog.

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