a rounded mark or stain made by foreign matter, as mud, blood, paint, ink, etc.; a blot or speck.
something that mars one’s character or reputation; blemish; flaw.
a small blemish, mole, or lesion on the skin or other surface.
a small, circumscribed mark caused by disease, allergic reaction, decay, etc.
a comparatively small, usually roundish, part of a surface differing from the rest in color, texture, character, etc.:
a bald spot.
a place or locality:
A monument marks the spot where Washington slept.
Usually, spots. places of entertainment or sightseeing interest:
We went to a few spots to dance and see the floor shows.
a specific position in a sequence or hierarchy:
The choral group has the second spot on the program, right after the dancers. He moved up from second spot to become president of the firm.
one of various traditional, geometric drawings of a club, diamond, heart, or spade on a playing card for indicating suit and value.
any playing card from a two through a ten:
He drew a jack, a queen, and a three spot.
a pip, as on dice or dominoes.
Slang. a piece of paper money, almost always indicated as a five- or ten-dollar bill:
Can you loan me a five spot until payday?
Also called spot illustration. a small drawing, usually black and white, appearing within or accompanying a text.
Chiefly British Informal.
a small quantity of anything.
a spot of tea.
a small croaker, Leiostomus xanthurus, of the eastern coast of the U.S., used as a food fish.
spots, Informal. commodities, as grain, wool, and soybeans, sold for immediate delivery.
Informal. spotlight (def 1).
verb (used with object), spotted, spotting.
to stain or mark with spots:
The grease spotted my dress.
to remove a spot or spots from (clothing), especially before dry cleaning.
to sully; blemish.
to mark or diversify with spots or dots, as of color:
We spotted the wall with blue paint.
to detect or recognize; locate or identify by seeing:
to spot a hiding child.
to place or position on a particular place:
to spot a billiard ball.
to stop (a railroad car) at the exact place required.
to scatter in various places:
to spot chairs here and there in the room.
Informal. spotlight (def 5).
to determine (a location) precisely on either the ground or a map.
to observe (the results of gunfire at or near a target) for the purpose of correcting aim.
Photography. to remove spots from (a negative or print) by covering with opaque color.
Sports. to give or grant a certain margin or advantage to (an opponent):
He spotted the tyro 12 points a game. The champion won, although spotting the challenger twenty pounds.
(in gymnastics) to watch or assist (a performer) in order to prevent injury.
Slang. to lend:
Can you spot me twenty for tonight’s game?
verb (used without object), spotted, spotting.
to make a spot; cause a stain:
Ink spots badly.
to become spotted, as some fabrics when spattered with water.
Military. to serve or act as a spotter.
pertaining to the point of origin of a local broadcast.
broadcast between announced programs.
made, paid, delivered, etc., at once:
a spot sale; spot goods.
hit the high spots, Informal. to deal with or include only the major points of interest:
With but a limited amount of vacation time, he concentrated on hitting the high spots of Europe.
hit the spot, Informal. to satisfy a want or need, as to quench thirst:
Iced tea hits the spot during the hot summer months.
in a (bad) spot, in an uncomfortable or dangerous predicament:
The tourists found themselves in a bad spot after they lost their money in Las Vegas.
knock spots off, British Slang. to outdo easily; beat.
on the spot,
without delay; at once; instantly.
at the very place in question.
in a difficult or embarrassing position.
in a position of being expected to act or to respond in some way.
a small mark on a surface, such as a circular patch or stain, differing in colour or texture from its surroundings
a geographical area that is restricted in extent: a beauty spot
a location: this is the exact spot on which he died
a blemish of the skin, esp a pimple or one occurring through some disease
a blemish on the character of a person; moral flaw
(informal) a place of entertainment: we hit all the night spots
(informal, mainly Brit) a small quantity or amount: a spot of lunch
(informal) an awkward situation: that puts me in a bit of a spot
a short period between regular television or radio programmes that is used for advertising
a position or length of time in a show assigned to a specific performer
short for spotlight
Also called spot ball. the white ball that is distinguished from the plain by a mark or spot
the player using this ball
(billiards, snooker) one of several small black dots on a table that mark where a ball is to be placed
denoting or relating to goods, currencies, or securities available for immediate delivery and payment: spot goods See also spot market, spot price
involving immediate cash payment: spot sales
(used mainly in negative constructions) change one’s spots, to reform one’s character
high spot, an outstanding event: the high spot of the holiday was the visit to the winery
knock spots off, to outstrip or outdo with ease
on the spot
at the place in question
in the best possible position to deal with a situation
in an awkward predicament
without moving from the place of one’s location, etc
(as modifier): our on-the-spot reporter
soft spot, a special sympathetic affection or weakness for a person or thing
tight spot, a serious, difficult, or dangerous situation
some aspect of a character or situation that is susceptible to criticism
a flaw in a person’s knowledge: classics is my weak spot
verb spots, spotting, spotted
(transitive) to observe or perceive suddenly, esp under difficult circumstances; discern
to put stains or spots upon (something)
(intransitive) (of some fabrics) to be susceptible to spotting by or as if by water: silk spots easily
(transitive) to place here and there: they spotted observers along the border
to look out for and note (trains, talent, etc)
(intransitive) to rain slightly; spit
(transitive) (billiards) to place (a ball) on one of the spots
(military) to adjust fire in order to correct deviations from (the target) by observation
(transitive) (US, informal) to yield (an advantage or concession) to (one’s opponent): to spot someone a piece in chess
A mark on a surface differing sharply in color from its surroundings.
A stain or blot.
v. spot·ted, spot·ting, spots
To lose a slight amount of blood through the vagina.
satellite positioning and tracking
verb (transitive) (riːˈspreɪ) 1. to spray (a car, wheels, etc) with a new coat of paint noun (ˈriːˌspreɪ) 2. the act or an instance of respraying
verb (used with object), spread, spreading. 1. to draw, stretch, or open out, especially over a flat surface, as something rolled or folded (often followed by out). 2. to stretch out or unfurl in the air, as folded wings, a flag, etc. (often followed by out). 3. to distribute over a greater or a relatively […]
verb (used without object), sprang or, often sprung; sprung; springing. 1. to rise, leap, move, or act suddenly and swiftly, as by a sudden dart or thrust forward or outward, or being suddenly released from a coiled or constrained position: to spring into the air; a tiger about to spring. 2. to be released from […]
verb (used without object) 1. to begin to grow; shoot forth, as a plant from a seed. 2. (of a seed or plant) to put forth buds or shoots. 3. to develop or grow quickly: a boy awkwardly sprouting into manhood. verb (used with object) 4. to cause to sprout. 5. to remove sprouts from: […]