speck

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v speck produce specks in or on "speck the cloth"
    • n speck a very small spot "the plane was just a speck in the sky"
    • n speck a slight but appreciable amount "this dish could use a touch of garlic"
    • n speck (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Speck A small discolored place in or on anything, or a small place of a color different from that of the main substance; a spot; a stain; a blemish; as, a speck on paper or loth; specks of decay in fruit. "Gray sand, with black specks ."
    • Speck (Zoöl) A small etheostomoid fish (Ulocentra stigmæa) common in the Eastern United States.
    • Speck A very small thing; a particle; a mite; as, specks of dust; he has not a speck of money. "Many bright specks bubble up along the blue Egean."
    • n Speck The blubber of whales or other marine mammals; also, the fat of the hippopotamus.
    • v. t Speck To cause the presence of specks upon or in, especially specks regarded as defects or blemishes; to spot; to speckle; as, paper specked by impurities in the water used in its manufacture. "Carnation, purple, azure, or specked with gold."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n speck A very small superficial spot or stain; a small dot, blot, blotch, or patch appearing on or adhering to a surface: as, specks of mold on paper; fly -specks on a wall.
    • n speck In fruit, specifically, a minute spot denoting the beginning of decay; a pit or spot of rot or rottenness; hence, sometimes, a fruit affected by rot.
    • n speck A patch or piece of some material.
    • n speck Something appearing as a spot or patch; a small piece spread out: as, a speck of snow or of cloud.
    • n speck A distinct or separate piece or particle; a very little bit; an atom; a mite: as, specks of dust; a speck of snuff or of soot; hence, the smallest quantity; the least morsel: as, he has not a speck of humor or of generosity.
    • n speck A percoid fish, Ulocentra stigmæa of Jordan, common in ponds of the hill-country from Georgia to Louisiana. It is a darter, 2½ inches long, of an olivaceous color, speckled with small orange spots, and otherwise variegated.
    • n speck A speck-moth.
    • speck To spot; mark or stain in spots or dots.
    • speck Of fruit, specifically, to mark with a discolored spot denoting decay or rot: usually in the past participle.
    • n speck Fat; lard; fat meat. Now used chiefly as derived from the German in the parts of Pennsylvania originally settled by Germans, or from the Dutch in New York (also in South Africa, for the fat meat of the hippopotamus); among whalers it is used for whale's blubber.
    • speck To stain or dot with ink small blemishes in (a finished fabric), so as to conceal or obliterate them.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Speck spek a spot: a blemish: a mark betokening decay: a separate piece or particle, an atom, the least morsel or quantity: a percoid fish of the United States, a darter
    • v.t Speck to spot
    • n Speck spek fat, lard
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Quotations

  • Bible
    Bible
    “And why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? [Matthew 7:3]”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Icel. spik, blubber, AS. spic, D. spek, G. speck,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. spic, bacon; Ger. speck, Dut. spek, fat.

Usage

In literature:

The white cottages of Avalon looked mere specks on the dark island.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
The sky overhead was one vast, inverted field of blue, without a single speck of cloud.
"Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad" by Various
All eyes concentrated upon a black speck which was advancing rapidly in a cloud of ground snow.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
He saw a tiny speck of white on the edge of the roadway.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
Every cobweb and speck of dust rolls off and falls in a little black heap below.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
The tale of it concluded, Lennox flicked at a speck.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
The mechanic who had taxied the plane to this spot was a dwindling speck, no more than a third of the way across the field.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
They could see an automobile, like a speck, moving swiftly along it.
"Highacres" by Jane Abbott
Two faint black specks appeared in the blue distance, from the direction of Great New York.
"Slaves of Mercury" by Nat Schachner
I was amused to see two French policemen rush out of a cafe and fire their revolvers at the so-far-away speck.
"The Note-Book of an Attache" by Eric Fisher Wood
It showed specks of gold!
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
He scraped again and caught a speck of the falling powder in his hand.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
I never saw a speck of dust on his immaculately shining boots or hat.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
There isn't a speck of water in the boats.
"The Campfire Girls on Ellen's Isle" by Hildegard G. Frey
A large speck, a photograph, or present of some kind, either one depending on the shape of the speck.
"Breakfasts and Teas" by Paul Pierce
Yit I 'speck, time I got dar, I'd whirl in en wish myse'f back home.
"Free Joe and Other Georgian Sketches" by Joel Chandler Harris
Meanwhile, four specks, approaching from the west, had grown larger and larger, until they were revealed as of the F.E.
"Cavalry of the Clouds" by Alan Bott
And this poor speck that was me?
"Plashers Mead" by Compton Mackenzie
Her eyes were almost black, flecked with glittering specks of gold.
"The Tremendous Event" by Maurice Leblanc
Puzzle is more than a speck and a soiled collar.
"Geography and Plays" by Gertrude Stein
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In poetry:

The angels hang watching
The tiny men-things:-
'The dear speck of flesh, see,
With such daring wings!
"A Question" by Francis Thompson
For earth is but a speck of sand
Compared to all the spheres
That ushered from Jehovah's hand
When time began his years.
"The Youthful Villager And The Hermit" by James Madison Bell
A singing lark rose toward the sky,
Circling he sang amain;
He sang, a speck scarce visible sky-high,
And then he sank again.
"In The Willow Shade" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
And speck-like at their base is seen
The cot of shepherd Dryfe—
True soul of honest heart and mien,
And simple mountain life.
"A Walk To Pamphy Linns" by Alexander Anderson
Beech leaves, that yellow the noon-time,
Float past like specks in the eye;
I set every tree in my June time,
And now they obscure the sky.
"At Day-Close In November" by Thomas Hardy
Contemptuous of universes, I
Survey all space devoid of fear or trust.
With will defiant fearful to defy,
Awed by the vastness of a speck of dust
"Proem II" by E J Rupert Atkinson

In news:

Yale freshman defender Meredith Speck has been named to the US Soccer U-23 national team that will compete in Norway at the Three Nations Tournament.
You Are Just a Speck in a Gorgeous Universe.
Two Mad Men Writers on Pete, Don, Richard Speck , and Charles Whitman.
Canfield United Methodist Church was the setting for the June 20 wedding of Deborah Jane Schaub and Jon Jared Speck .
Funeral services for Mrs Elenor Speck , 96, of Spencer, will be held at 1:30 pm Tuesday, Dec 8, at Warner Chapel in Spencer.
David Speck Among Barron's Top 1000.
Speck -Sized Water Bears Don't Just Die In The Vacuum Of Space.
A founding member of ACVA, Speck will step down from his position on the board of governors in June 2003.
That tiny speck of light is a ther­monu­clear inferno.
The success of this classic stewed beef from Lombardy in the north of Italy depends on several things: the marinating time (overnight is best), the use of a good red wine, like Barolo, and the flavoring of the onions with speck.
Speck's new line of iPhone 5 cases offer sturdy construction with a sense of style and functionality.
When Greg Speck's son encouraged him to put together an accordian-based band, Speck was game.
BRANDON SPECK Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.
Lochloosa is historically a month earlier than the river for big specks.
Jim Wedlake said he "felt like a speck on the ice.".
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In science:

Blickle, V., Speck, T., Lutz, C., Seifert, U., Bechinger, C.: The Einstein relation generalized to non-equilibrium, Phys.
Fluctuation relations in simple examples of non-equilibrium steady states
Speck, T., Blickle, V., Bechinger, C., Seifert, U.: Distribution of entropy production for a col loidal particle in a nonequilibrium steady state.
Fluctuation relations in simple examples of non-equilibrium steady states
An alternative explanation for this feature is molecular line absorption, however, currently available line lists are not sufficient to properly assess this hypothesis (see Speck et al. 2006, and references therein).
Silicon carbide absorption features: dust formation in the outflows of extreme carbon stars
As discussed in § 1.4, these have since been the source of some controversy (Cl´ement et al. 2005; Pitman, Speck & Hofmeister 2006).
Silicon carbide absorption features: dust formation in the outflows of extreme carbon stars
However, the relationship between the evolution of carbon stars and the consequent evolution of grain sizes in their circumstellar shells was discussed by Speck et al. (2005).
Silicon carbide absorption features: dust formation in the outflows of extreme carbon stars
Speck et al. (2006) used the Lodders & Fegley (1995) model to explain an unusual LMC carbon star spectrum, which suggests that the condensation sequence is sensitive to both metallicity and mass-loss rate.
Silicon carbide absorption features: dust formation in the outflows of extreme carbon stars
Dijkstra & Speck (2006) showed that significant axisymmetry is not expected to develop until the last few tens or hundreds of years of the superwind phase.
Silicon carbide absorption features: dust formation in the outflows of extreme carbon stars
We can interpret this result in terms of the self-absorption scheme described by Speck et al. (2005).
Silicon carbide absorption features: dust formation in the outflows of extreme carbon stars
However, the weaker absorption and warmer blackbody temperatures associated with the shortest wavelength peaks is the opposite trend to that described by Speck et al. (2005).
Silicon carbide absorption features: dust formation in the outflows of extreme carbon stars
Correct identification of a central multiple image relies on finding the proper color speck (or group of specks for paired image systems) at approximately the location predicted by the model.
The Highest Resolution Mass Map of Galaxy Cluster Substructure To Date Without Assuming Light Traces Mass: LensPerfect Analysis of Abell 1689
Often we find several specks of approximately the correct color in approximately the predicted location.
The Highest Resolution Mass Map of Galaxy Cluster Substructure To Date Without Assuming Light Traces Mass: LensPerfect Analysis of Abell 1689
Paschke C, Speck C, Portisch G, von L¨ohneysen H (1994) Magnetic-ordering and Kondo compensation in the ternary heavy-fermion compound CeCu5 Au. J.
Magnetism and superconductivity driven by identical 4$f$ states in a heavy-fermion metal
Speck, and the anonymous referee for very helpful discussions/comments.
On the Anomalous Silicate Absorption Feature of the Prototypical Seyfert 2 Galaxy NGC 1068
S. Dasgupta, Ajay Raman, James S. Speck, and Umesh K. Mishra.
Unipolar Vertical Transport in GaN/AlGaN/GaN Heterostructures
Speck, Driven soft matter: entropy production and the fluctuation-dissipation theorem, Prog.
The effective temperature
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