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Webster 1913 Edition


Spot

Spot

(spŏt)
,
Noun.
[Cf. Scot. & D.
spat
, Dan.
spette
, Sw.
spott
spittle, slaver; from the root of E.
spit
. See
Spit
to eject from the mouth, and cf.
Spatter
.]
1.
A mark on a substance or body made by foreign matter; a blot; a place discolored.
Out, damned
spot
! Out, I say!
Shakespeare
2.
A stain on character or reputation; something that soils purity; disgrace; reproach; fault; blemish.
Yet Chloe, sure, was formed without a
spot
.
Pope.
3.
A small part of a different color from the main part, or from the ground upon which it is;
as, the
spots
of a leopard; the
spots
on a playing card
.
4.
A small extent of space; a place; any particular place.
“Fixed to one spot.”
Otway.
That
spot
to which I point is Paradise.
Milton.
“A jolly place,” said he, “in times of old!
But something ails it now: the
spot
is cursed.”
Wordsworth.
5.
(Zool.)
A variety of the common domestic pigeon, so called from a spot on its head just above its beak.
6.
(Zool.)
(a)
A sciaenoid food fish (
Liostomus xanthurus
) of the Atlantic coast of the United States. It has a black spot behind the shoulders and fifteen oblique dark bars on the sides. Called also
goody
,
Lafayette
,
masooka
, and
old wife
.
(b)
The southern redfish, or red horse, which has a spot on each side at the base of the tail. See
Redfish
.
7.
pl.
Commodities, as merchandise and cotton, sold for immediate delivery.
[Broker’s Cant]
Crescent spot
(Zool.)
,
any butterfly of the family
Melitaeidae
having crescent-shaped white spots along the margins of the red or brown wings.
Spot lens
(Microscopy)
,
a condensing lens in which the light is confined to an annular pencil by means of a small, round diaphragm (the spot), and used in dark-field illumination; – called also
spotted lens
.
Spot rump
(Zool.)
,
the Hudsonian godwit (
Limosa haemastica
).
Spots on the sun
.
(Astron.)
See
Sun spot
, ander
Sun
.
On the spot
, or
Upon the spot
,
immediately; before moving; without changing place;
as, he made his decision
on the spot
.


It was determined
upon the spot
.
Swift.
Syn. – Stain; flaw; speck; blot; disgrace; reproach; fault; blemish; place; site; locality.

Spot

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Spotted
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Spotting
.]
1.
To make visible marks upon with some foreign matter; to discolor in or with spots; to stain; to cover with spots or figures;
as, to
spot
a garment; to
spot
paper.
2.
To mark or note so as to insure recognition; to recognize; to detect;
as, to
spot
a criminal
.
[Cant]
3.
To stain; to blemish; to taint; to disgrace; to tarnish, as reputation; to asperse.
My virgin life no
spotted
thoughts shall stain.
Sir P. Sidney.
If ever I shall close these eyes but once,
May I live
spotted
for my perjury.
Beau. & Fl.
To spot timber
,
to cut or chip it, in preparation for hewing.

Spot

,
Verb.
I.
To become stained with spots.

Webster 1828 Edition


Spot

SPOT

,
Noun.
[We see this word is of the family of spatter, and that the radical sense is to throw or thrust. A spot is made by spattering or sprinkling.
1.
A mark on a substance made by foreign matter; a speck; a blot; a place discolored. The least spot is visible on white paper.
2.
A stain on character or reputation; something that soils purity; disgrace; reproach; fault; blemish.
Yet Chloe sure was formd without a spot.
See 1 Peter 1:17, Ephesians 5:27.
3.
A small extent of space; a place; any particular place.
The spot to which I point is paradise.
Fixd to one spot.
So we say, a spot of ground, a spot of grass or flowers; meaning a place of small extent.
4.
A place of a different color from the ground; as the spots of a leopard.
5.
A variety of the common domestic pigeon, so called from a spot on its head just above its beak.
6.
A dark place on the disk or face of the sun or of a planet.
7.
A lucid place in the heavens.
Upon the spot, immediately; before moving; without changing place. [So the French say, sur le champ.]
It was determined upon the spot.

SPOT

,
Verb.
T.
1.
To make a visible mark with some foreign matter; to discolor; to stain; as, to spot a garment; to spot paper.
2.
To patch by way of ornament.
3.
To stain; to blemish; to taint; to disgrace; to tarnish; as reputation.
My virgin life no spotted thoughts shall stain.
To stop timber, is to cut or chip it, in preparation for hewing.

Definition 2022


Spot

Spot

See also: spot, śpöt, and spöt

English

Proper noun

Spot

  1. A popular given name for a dog.

Related terms

See also

  • Appendix:Names of pets

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German

Etymology

From English spot.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [spɔt], [ʃpɔt]
  • Hyphenation: Spot

Noun

Spot m (genitive Spots, plural Spots)

  1. (advertisement) spot
  2. Short for Spotlight.

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spot

spot

See also: Spot, śpöt, and spöt

English

Noun

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.
  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.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Milton
      That spot to which I point is Paradise.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Milton Wordsworth
      "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.
    • 2011 March 23, “We asked mayoral candidates: Do you support 'dibs' on parking spots?”, in Chicago Sun-Times:
      Del Valle has the blessing of a garage, so he doesn't have to claim “dibs” on shoveled street spots himself, he said.
  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.
    • 2011 January 8, Chris Bevan, “Arsenal 1 - 1 Leeds”, in BBC:
      The Gunners dominated for long periods but, against the run of play, Denilson fouled Max Gradel and Robert Snodgrass put Leeds ahead from the 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)

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Verb

spot (third-person singular simple present spots, present participle spotting, simple 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. (transitive, intransitive) 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.
    • Sir Philip Sidney
      My virgin life no spotted thoughts shall stain.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher
      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

Adjective

spot (not comparable)

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

Statistics

Most common English words before 1923: pain · official · loss · #941: spot · wonderful · shook · fit

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Danish

Noun

spot c (singular definite spotten, not used in plural form)

  1. mockery, ridicule
    • 2013, Jan Guillou, Vejen til Jerusalem, Modtryk (ISBN 9788770534840)
      Men at også den anden søn savnede alle mandlige dyder, var straks værre og gjorde spotten større.
      But that the other son, too, lacked all male virtues, was much worse and enlarged the mockery.
    • 2010, Tove Ditlevsen, Man gjorde et barn fortræd, Gyldendal A/S (ISBN 9788702097245)
      Hun havde råd til at smile igen, så ligegyldig var deres spot hende.
      She could afford to smile back, that was how little she cared about their ridicule.
    • 2015, Jørgen Christensen, Muhammed-tegningerne, demokratiet og sikkerhedspolitikken, BoD – Books on Demand (ISBN 9788771700022), page 9
      I artiklen skrev kulturredaktør Flemming Rose bl.a., at muslimer måtte acceptere, at deres religiøse følelser blev udsat for hån, spot og latterliggørelse[sic]:...
      In the article, editor of culture Flemming Rose wrote, among other things, that muslims had to accept their religious feelings being made the object of mockery, derision and ridicule:...
    • 2014, Fjodor M. Dostojevskij, Minder fra dødens hus, Bechs Forlag - Viatone (ISBN 9788793240254)
      Først sporede man hos alle en heftig forbitrelse, derefter en dyb nedslåethed, og endelig syntes al sindsbevægelse at vige pladsen for hoverende spot.
      At first, one saw with everyone a hefty bitterness, then a deep sadness, and finally, all emotion seemed to recede, making way for gloating mockery.

Declension

Verb

spot

  1. imperative of spotte

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /spɔt/
  • Rhymes: -ɔt

Etymology 1

Noun

spot m (uncountable)

  1. mockery
Synonyms

Etymology 2

Borrowed from English spot.

Noun

spot m (plural spots, diminutive spotje n)

  1. spot; a spotlight.
  2. spot; a brief segment on television.

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French

Etymology

Borrowed from English spot.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /spɔt/

Noun

spot m (plural spots)

  1. (physics) light spot
  2. blip (on radar)
  3. (cinematography, theater) spotlight, spot
  4. (surfing) area
  5. (television) spot; a brief segment on television.

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Italian

Etymology

English

Noun

spot m (invariable)

  1. spot (theatrical light; luminous point; brief radio or TV publicity)

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Polish

Etymology

Borrowing from English spot (brief advertisement).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /spɔt/

Noun

spot m inan

  1. (neologism) spot, a short broadcast in television

Usage notes

Used for all short informational and promotional broadcasts, such as public service announcements, social campaigns, election ads and advertisements. The native counterpart reklama is restricted to advertisements.

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Scottish Gaelic

Noun

spot m (genitive singular spoit, plural spotan)

  1. spot, stain
  2. spot, place

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Spanish

Noun

spot m (plural spots)

  1. advert, ad

Volapük

Noun

spot (plural spots)

  1. sport

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