spot

Definitions

  • He wuz rooted to the spot
    He wuz rooted to the spot
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v spot mark with a spot or spots so as to allow easy recognition "spot the areas that one should clearly identify"
    • v spot become spotted "This dress spots quickly"
    • v spot make a spot or mark onto "The wine spotted the tablecloth"
    • v spot mar or impair with a flaw "her face was blemished"
    • v spot catch sight of
    • v spot detect with the senses "The fleeing convicts were picked out of the darkness by the watchful prison guards","I can't make out the faces in this photograph"
    • n spot an act that brings discredit to the person who does it "he made a huge blot on his copybook"
    • n spot a job in an organization "he occupied a post in the treasury"
    • n spot a business establishment for entertainment "night spot"
    • n spot a playing card with a specified number of pips on it to indicate its value "an eight-spot"
    • n spot a lamp that produces a strong beam of light to illuminate a restricted area; used to focus attention of a stage performer
    • n spot a small contrasting part of something "a bald spot","a leopard's spots","a patch of clouds","patches of thin ice","a fleck of red"
    • n spot a blemish made by dirt "he had a smudge on his cheek"
    • n spot an outstanding characteristic "his acting was one of the high points of the movie"
    • n spot a section of an entertainment that is assigned to a specific performer or performance "they changed his spot on the program"
    • n spot a short section or illustration (as between radio or tv programs or in a magazine) that is often used for advertising
    • n spot a mark on a die or on a playing card (shape depending on the suit)
    • n spot a point located with respect to surface features of some region "this is a nice place for a picnic","a bright spot on a planet"
    • n spot a small piece or quantity of something "a spot of tea","a bit of paper","a bit of lint","I gave him a bit of my mind"
    • n spot a slight attack of illness "he has a touch of rheumatism"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Spotted skunks do handstands before they spray
    • Spot A mark on a substance or body made by foreign matter; a blot; a place discolored. "Out, damned spot ! Out, I say!"
    • Spot (Zoöl) A sciænoid 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.
    • Spot A small extent of space; a place; any particular place. "Fixed to one spot .""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.”"
    • Spot 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.
    • Spot A stain on character or reputation; something that soils purity; disgrace; reproach; fault; blemish. "Yet Chloe, sure, was formed without a spot ."
    • Spot (Zoöl) A variety of the common domestic pigeon, so called from a spot on its head just above its beak.
    • Spot Commodities, as merchandise and cotton, sold for immediate delivery.
    • a Spot spŏt (Com) Lit., being on the spot, or place;
    • Spot (Zoöl) The southern redfish, or red horse, which has a spot on each side at the base of the tail. See Redfish.
    • v. i Spot To become stained with spots.
    • Spot 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.
    • Spot To mark or note so as to insure recognition; to recognize; to detect; as, to spot a criminal.
    • Spot To stain; to blemish; to taint; to disgrace; to tarnish, as reputation; to asperse. "My virgin life no spotted thoughts shall stain.""If ever I shall close these eyes but once,
      May I live spotted for my perjury."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Dalmatian puppies do not have any spots on them when they are born. They actually develop them as they get older
    • n spot A stain made by foreign matter; a blot; a speck.
    • n spot A blemish; a flaw, a fault; especially, a stain upon moral purity.
    • n spot A bit of surface differing in some way from the rest, as in color, material, or finish; a dot; a small mark. Specifically—(a ) A patch; a beauty-spot.
    • n spot A pustule or other eruptive mark, as in a rash.
    • n spot One of the pips on a playing-card; hence, in composition with a numeral, the card having pips to the number expressed: as, to play a ten-spot
    • n spot One of two marked points on a billiard-table, on which balls are placed, or from which they are to be played.
    • n spot A dark place on the disk or face of the sun or of a planet. See sun-spot.
    • n spot In zaöl., a color-mark of rounded or indeterminate form, but not very long for its width, and thus not forming a streak or stripe; a blotch; a macula: usually said of markings larger or than those called dots or points. An eyed spot forms an ocellus (which see).
    • n spot A small extent of space; a particular locality; a place; a site.
    • n spot A piece; a bit; hence, something very minute; a particle; an atom.
    • n spot A breed of domestic pigeons having a spot on the head above the beak.
    • n spot Asciænoid fish, Liostomus xanthurus (obliquus), also called goody, lafayette, oldwife, and pig-fish. See cut under lafayette.
    • n spot The southern redfish or drum, Sciænops ocellatus. See cut under redfish.
    • n spot A small fishing-ground.
    • n spot At the precise place and time; at the place and time at which something specified occurred: as, a picture of a skirmish made on the spot.
    • spot To make a spot on; blot; stain; discolor or defile in a spot or spots.
    • spot To mar the perfection or moral purity of; blemish; tarnish; sully.
    • spot To mark or cover with spots; mark in spots: dot.
    • spot Specifically To put a patch or patches on (the face) by way of ornament.
    • spot To mark as with a spot; especially, to note as of suspicious or doubtful character. Tuft's Glossary of Thieves' Jargon (1798).
    • spot To note or recognize by some peculiarity; catch with the eye; detect; come upon; find out.
    • spot In horse-racing, to indicate, give a hint as to, or name: as, to spot the winner of a future race.
    • spot To place upon a spot; specifically, in billiards, to place (a ball) on one of the spots or marks on the table.
    • spot To make a spot; cause a stain, discoloration, orshadow.
    • spot To be subject to spots; he easily spotted: as, a fabric that spots when exposed to damp.
    • n spot A small piece of ground or inclosure; a plot: applied to land or crops.
    • spot Made, paid, delivered, or the like, on the spot, or at once: as, spot wheat.
    • spot In New Zealand, to buy up (choice spots of land containing water, etc.), ruining the neighboring property. Called peacock in Australia.
    • spot See blaze, 2, 3.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The female spotted hyena (Crocuta crocuta) has a 'penis'.
    • n Spot spot a mark made by a drop of wet matter: a blot: a discoloured place: a small part of a different colour: a small extent of space: any particular place: one of the marked points on a billiard-table, from which balls are played (for Centre-spot, Pyramid-spot, &c., see Billiards): one of the dark places on the surface of the sun, &c.: something that soils: a stain on character or reputation
    • v.t Spot to mark with drops of wet: to stain: to discolour: to taint: to tarnish, as reputation: to note or recognise by some point, to detect: to indicate, name:—pr.p. spot′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. spot′ted
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Quotations

  • Lu Xun
    Lu Xun
    “As people are walking all the time, in the same spot, a path appears.”
  • Louise Driscoll
    Louise Driscoll
    “Within your heart, keep one still, secret spot where dreams may go.”
  • Robert Montgomery
    Robert Montgomery
    “Home, the spot of earth supremely blest, A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest.”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
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    “Every man has a sane spot somewhere.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
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    “Clean your finger before you point at my spots.”
  • Jeremy P. Johnson
    Jeremy P. Johnson
    “Parents are traffic signs that are always in our blind spots.”

Idioms

In a tight spot - If you're in a tight spot, you're in a difficult situation.
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Johnny on the spot - A person who is always available; ready, willing, and able to do what needs to be done.('Johnny-on-the-spot' is also used.)
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Leopard can't change its spots - This idiom means that people cannot change basic aspects of their character, especially negative ones. ("A leopard doesn't change its spots" is also used.)
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Rooted to the spot - If someone is rooted to the spot, they canot move, either physically or they cannot think their way out of a problem.
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Spot on - If something is spot on, it is exactly right.
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X marks the spot - This is used to say where something is located or hidden.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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

Usage

In literature:

If we again enter the defile we may find no other level spot.
"The Forest Exiles" by Mayne Reid
They are but too glad to get away from the suspected spot.
"The Flag of Distress" by Mayne Reid
I shall call him Two-spot because he is the smallest thing in the pack.
"Pharaoh's Broker" by Ellsworth Douglass
Life also came to the spot, and between them they raised the boyish captain up.
"An Undivided Union" by Oliver Optic
The canoe was directed in such a manner that, by merely keeping its head down the stream, it would float to the spot where the swans were.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Carteret could not conceive that Davis' Land was but a small island, a spot lost in the immensity of the ocean.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
It was almost empty, and the spot indicated in the letter was soon determined upon.
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
He hesitated a moment, trying to think of some other spot where they might run, some spot less suggestive of shining eyes.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
Just before dark he came to an ideal spot to camp.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
Chew-chew knew where the men were lying in wait and she pointed out the spot.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
I came down with the good news that one day's march beyond would bring us to a spot where fuel was plentiful.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
The Dryad felt how her tree was being lifted from the wagon to be placed in the spot where it was to stand.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
The royal party got out of their carriages and entered the open space on foot, quite near the spot where Mukna was tied up.
"The Wonders of the Jungle, Book Two" by Prince Sarath Ghosh
It was evident that the horse had been farther off than the spot where its remains now rested.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
The spots had all the appearance of blood-spots, as if quite freshly dropped!
"The Plant Hunters" by Mayne Reid
From what I have heard of it, it is one of the most fertile spots in Tennessee.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
Dusk was already falling when the fire blazed up, making all at once a spot of almost home-like cheerfulness.
"Northern Diamonds" by Frank Lillie Pollock
The water at this spot is deep.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
What a charming spot you have here, when one does reach it!
"One Of Them" by Charles James Lever
You might as well look out for a soft spot to fall in a steeplechase.
"Sir Jasper Carew His Life and Experience" by Charles James Lever
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In poetry:

And if the children in their roam
Know not the spot;
Enough if but by love alone,
I'm not forgot.
"Ajax' Monument" by Frank Barbour Coffin
I watch it from my lonely cot,
When stars shine o'er the hallowed ground,
And think there is no sweeter spot,
The whole wide earth around.
"The Old Church on the Hill" by Kate Seymour Maclean
Amidst the first young flow'rs of spring,
Which o'er this still, and lonely spot,
A gleam of grace and beauty fling,
I found a pale "Forget me not!"
"To Susanna. February 1824" by Eliza Acton
Yes,— it is no fault of Nature's,
If the vice of fallen creatures
Spots her with a curse;
Man in towns hath viler features,
And his guilt is worse.
"Country Life" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Then come to this lone spot, and say,
"The Roses which she lov'd, are gone;
The violet wreaths have died away;
And e'en the minstrel-birds are flown.
"The Last Song" by Eliza Acton
I thank Thee, too, that Thou hast made
Joy to abound;
So many gentle thoughts and deeds
Circling us round,
That in the darkest spot of earth
Some love is found.
"My God, I thank Thee who hast made" by Adelaide Anne Procter

In news:

BAY VIEW- A hidden hot spot nestled along the river in the corner of a Milwaukee neighborhood.
Police said the man was spotted near the school.
1 spot in the country.
BALD HEAD ISLAND, NC (WWAY)-- A long time tourist destination could now be a travel spot for researchers as well.
A long time tourist destination could now be a travel spot for researchers as well.
Celebrities spotted in Bartlesville .
Katie Keleher told FOX23 that she spotted George Clooney while she was eating dinner at Frank and Lola's in Bartlesville .
Food Chain / Food & Drink This Week in Food & Drink: Kushiyaki and sushi, Key Ingredient blood, spots for Bastille Day , Scott Harris Watch.
Delmon Young has batted in the fifth spot in all 92 games he has started this season.
Lopez moved down to eighth spot in batting order .
TCP survey shows that carriers continue to be active in the spot market.
Orlando Bloom never looked happier than when he was spotted out Sunday with his newborn son Flynn, and RadarOnline.com has the fantastic pictures.
Bear Cub Spotted in Plattsburgh.
A 40-pound bear cub was spotted in the city of Plattsburgh on Thursday.
Katherine Silvia/Bluffton Today BT Presentation Editor Katherine Silvia spotted this brown widow spider taking up residence outside her front door recently.
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In science:

Much more restrictive compactness constraints can be achieved if the two spot hypothesis is correct.
Oscillations During Thermonuclear X-ray Bursts
The main reason for this being that large amplitudes are much more difficult to achieve with two spots than one.
Oscillations During Thermonuclear X-ray Bursts
The bright spot is most clearly seen at short optical wavelengths, and it may be an off-nuclear starburst region (H00) or background AGN.
The Chandra Deep Survey of the Hubble Deep Field North Area. IV. An Ultradeep Image of the HDF-N
X-ray and radio data, is about 1997, when the first optical spot was discovered.
Monitoring the Evolution of the X-ray Remnant of SN 1987A
If the angle is large then we are in a tighter spot: it could stay large for several steps.
Random walks that avoid their past convex hull
In this form the level matching is easily checked by using cyclicity of trace to move the last letter in Wσ,I to the first spot in the word.
Gauge theory description of compactified pp-waves
In contrast, dispersionless modified KP (dmKP) hierarchy is less under spot light.
On dispersionless coupled modified KP hierarchy
Variations by Rao, et al. (1998), each receiver was switched between in the polarization angle do not appear to correlate with LCP and RCP with a Walsh function pattern in order to movements of spots.
Magnetic Field Morphology of Orion-IRc2 from 86 GHz SiO Maser Polarization Images
Quantitatively, the change of the threshold excitation intensity, I , with S should be characterized by the evolution of the distribution function, FS (I ), of the thresholds over many non-overlapping spots.
Universal Fluctuations of the Random Lasing Threshold in a Sample of a Finite Area
Eq. (1) is derived under the assumption that all samples (excitation spots) are statistical ly independent.
Universal Fluctuations of the Random Lasing Threshold in a Sample of a Finite Area
Distribution function of the lasing thresholds over samples (excitation spots) calculated from Eq. (1) is plotted for different values of parameter βs .
Universal Fluctuations of the Random Lasing Threshold in a Sample of a Finite Area
Therefore, far from the laser spot, the wells will have an excess of electrons.
Moving Beyond a Simple Model of Luminescence Rings in Quantum Well Structures
One possible explanation for the increase of the ring radius with decreasing spot size is that the fraction of electrons which jump the barrier becomes greater when the laser focus is tighter.
Moving Beyond a Simple Model of Luminescence Rings in Quantum Well Structures
There are many bright spots (white), some of which are also visible in the Hα+[N ii] image (though not all).
Evidence for a warm ISM in Fornax dEs - II. FCC032, FCC206 and FCCB729
At each step, we move (m + 3) spots to the right from k to l.
The Statistical Distribution of the Zeros of Random Paraorthogonal Polynomials on the Unit Circle
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