spot (plural spots)
- 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?
- A stain or disfiguring mark.
- I have tried everything, and I can’t get this spot out.
- 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.
- A small, unspecified amount or quantity.
- Would you like to come round on Sunday for a spot of lunch?
- (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.
- 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.
- A parking space.
- (sports) An official determination of placement.
- The fans were very unhappy with the referee's spot of the ball.
- A bright lamp; a spotlight.
- (US, advertising) A brief advertisement or program segment on television.
- Did you see the spot on the news about the shoelace factory?
- Difficult situation; predicament.
- She was in a real spot when she ran into her separated husband while on a date.
- (gymnastics, dance, weightlifting) One who spots (supports or assists a maneuver, or is prepared to assist if safety dictates); a spotter.
- (soccer) Penalty spot.
- The act of spotting or noticing something.
- - You've misspelled "terrapin" here.
- ''- Whoops. Good spot.
- A variety of the common domestic pigeon, so called from a spot on its head just above the beak.
- 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.
- The southern redfish, or red horse (Sciaenops ocellatus), which has a spot on each side at the base of the tail.
- (in the plural, brokers' slang, dated) Commodities, such as merchandise and cotton, sold for immediate delivery.
- An autosoliton.
- (finance) A decimal point; point.
- Twelve spot two five pounds sterling. (ie. £12.25)
- Any of various points marked on the table, from which balls are played, in snooker, pool, billiards, etc.
- Any of the balls marked with spots in the game of pool, which one player aims to pot, the other player taking the stripes.
- French: endroit, zone
- German: Stelle, Ort
- Italian: zona; area
- Portuguese: lugar, zona
- Russian: ме́сто
- Spanish: zona, paraje
spot (spots, present participle spotting; past and past participle spotted)
- (transitive) To see, find; to pick out, notice, locate, distinguish or identify.
- Try to spot the differences between these two pictures.
- (finance) To loan a small amount of money to someone.
- I’ll spot you ten dollars for lunch.
- (ambitransitive) To stain; to leave a spot (on).
- Hard water will spot if it is left on a surface.
- a garment spotted with mould
- To remove, or attempt to remove, a stain.
- I spotted the carpet where the child dropped spaghetti.
- (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.
- (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.
- 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.
- To cut or chip (timber) in preparation for hewing.
- 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.
- French: détecter, trouver, repérer, s'apercevoir
- German: entdecken
- Italian: individuare
- Portuguese: identificar
- Russian: заме́тить
- Spanish: divisar, detectar, localizar, ubicar, avistar
- Portuguese: emprestar
- Russian: взять в долг
- French: détacher
- Portuguese: remover uma mancha
- Russian: выводить
- Russian: подстрахо́вывать
spot (not comparable)
- A popular given name for a dog.