Definition of


  1. (noun, location) a point located with respect to surface features of some region
    a bright spot on a planet
  2. (noun, communication) a short section or illustration (as between radio or tv programs or in a magazine) that is often used for advertising
  3. (noun, attribute) an outstanding characteristic
  4. (noun, attribute) a blemish made by dirt
  5. (noun, attribute) a small contrasting part of something
    a leopard's spots
    a patch of clouds
    patches of thin ice
    a fleck of red
  6. (noun, communication) a section of an entertainment that is assigned to a specific performer or performance
  7. (noun, artifact) a business establishment for entertainment
  8. (noun, act) a job in an organization
  9. (noun, state) a slight attack of illness
  10. (noun, quantity) a small piece or quantity of something
    a bit of paper
    a bit of lint
    I gave him a bit of my mind
  11. (noun, communication) a mark on a die or on a playing card (shape depending on the suit)
  12. (noun, artifact) a lamp that produces a strong beam of light to illuminate a restricted area; used to focus attention of a stage performer
  13. (noun, artifact) a playing card with a specified number of pips on it to indicate its value
  14. (noun, act) an act that brings discredit to the person who does it
  15. (verb, perception) catch sight of
  16. (verb, perception) detect with the senses
    I can't make out the faces in this photograph
  17. (verb, contact) mar or impair with a flaw
  18. (verb, contact) make a spot or mark onto
  19. (verb, change) become spotted
  20. (verb, change) mark with a spot or spots so as to allow easy recognition

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Alternate forms of Spot

Derivations: spot, spotter, spotting

Hyponyms: academicianship, accountantship, admiralty, ambassadorship, apostleship, apprenticeship, associateship, attorneyship, bailiffship, baronetage, bespatter, bespeckle, birthplace, bishopry, blotch, cabaret, cadetship, caliphate, captaincy, captainship, cardinalship, chair, chairmanship, chancellorship, chaplaincy, chaplainship, chieftaincy, chieftainship, clerkship, clip joint, cloud, club, commandership, commandery, comptrollership, consulship, controllership, councillorship, councilorship, counsellorship, counselorship, crest, crown, curacy, curatorship, custodianship, dapple, deanery, deanship, defile, directorship, discipleship, discriminate, editorship, eight, eight-spot, eldership, emirate, end, episcopate, facula, fatherhood, feudal lordship, fingermark, fingerprint, five, five-spot, foremanship, four, four-spot, fox, freckle, fret, generalcy, generalship, governorship, grave, headship, heights, hiding place, high, hole-in-the-wall, holy, holy place, hot seat, hot spot, hotspot, incumbency, inkblot, inspectorship, instructorship, internship, joint, judgeship, judicature, junction, khanate, lectureship, legateship, legation, legislatorship, librarianship, lieutenancy, macula, maculate, macule, magistracy, magistrature, managership, manhood, marshalship, mastership, mayoralty, mecca, messiahship, mock sun, moderatorship, mottle, nebula, nesting place, night club, nightclub, nightspot, nine, nine-spot, overlook, overlordship, parhelion, pastorate, pastorship, peak, peasanthood, pinpoint, place of birth, plaque, plum, polling place, polling station, pool, praetorship, precentorship, preceptorship, prefecture, prelacy, prelature, premiership, presidency, presidentship, primateship, principalship, priorship, proconsulate, proconsulship, proctorship, professorship, protectorship, public office, puddle, rabbinate, receivership, rectorate, rectorship, regency, rendezvous, residency, resolve, rulership, sainthood, sanctum, scour, secretaryship, seigneury, seigniory, senatorship, service area, seven, seven-spot, showplace, sinecure, six, six-spot, solicitorship, solitude, spatter, speakership, speck, speckle, splash, splodge, splotch, stain, stewardship, stop, studentship, sully, summit, sundog, sunspot, target, target area, tarnish, teachership, ten, ten-spot, thaneship, throne, tip, tomb, top, treasurership, tribuneship, trusteeship, vice-presidency, viceroyship, viziership, wardenship, wardership, womanhood, worn spot, zone

Hypernyms: attack, begrime, bemire, blemish, business, business establishment, change, change surface, characteristic, colly, defect, dirty, error, fault, grime, job, lamp, line, line of work, mar, mark, marker, marking, mistake, occupation, place of business, playing card, point, section, sight, small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity, soil, spy, subdivision

Origin of the word Spot

  1. c.1200, "moral stain," probably from O.E. splott "a spot, blot, patch (of land)" infl. by M.Du. spotte "spot, speck." Other cognates are E.Fris. spot "speck," N.Fris. spot "speck, piece of ground," O.N. spotti "small piece." It is likely that some of these are borrowed, but the exact evolution now is impossible to trace. Meaning "speck, stain"… more
  2. c.1412, "to stain, sully, tarnish" from spot (n.). Sense of "to stain with spots" is attested from c.1440. Meaning "to see and recognize," is from 1718, originally colloquial and applied to a criminal or suspected person; the general sense is from 1860. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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