• He wuz rooted to the spot
    He wuz rooted to the spot
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n spotting the act of detecting something; catching sight of something
    • n spotting the act of spotting or staining something
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Additional illustrations & photos:

At the "Spotted Dog At the "Spotted Dog
man on spotted horse man on spotted horse

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In the original movie "101 Dalmatians," there are exactly 6,469,952 spots on all 101 Dalmatians as they are shown in 113,760 frames of the film combined
    • n spotting In botany, same as necrosis, 2.
    • n spotting The tinting of photographs.
    • n spotting The process of separating a train into sections.
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  • 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
    “Every man has a sane spot somewhere.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Clean your finger before you point at my spots.”
  • John Gay
    “But money, wife, is the true Fuller's Earth for reputations, there is not a spot or a stain but what it can take out.”


In a tight spot - If you're in a tight spot, you're in a difficult situation.
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.)
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.)
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.
Spot on - If something is spot on, it is exactly right.
X marks the spot - This is used to say where something is located or hidden.


In literature:

The spot, and the house within view from the spot, were accurately described.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
His light swept the ground like the brush of a painter, missing no spot.
"The Fourth R" by George Oliver Smith
Rising out of this low-lying spot the lane again becomes green and pleasant, and is crossed by another.
"Nature Near London" by Richard Jefferies
There is a strange fascination in the spot.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
At four P.M. we hove to, opposite to, and about five miles distant from, the spot on which we had first struck on Saturday.
"Narrative of a Journey to the Shores of the Polar Sea, in the Years 1819-20-21-22, Volume 1" by John Franklin
You can easily get those spots out of your clothes.
"Dave Porter at Star Ranch" by Edward Stratemeyer
Her dog would, she said, lead them to the spot.
"In the Rocky Mountains" by W. H. G. Kingston
Early the next day, he was at the spot where he first felt what love was.
"Welsh Folk-Lore a Collection of the Folk-Tales and Legends of North Wales" by Elias Owen
The manifest duty of Jack was to shout to Hank Hazletine and bring him to the spot.
"Two Boys in Wyoming" by Edward S. Ellis
Reaching a spot twenty or thirty feet below where Dick was drifting, he threw off his hat and coat and leaped into the stream.
"The Boy Land Boomer" by Ralph Bonehill

In poetry:

Save on high one little spot,
Round the baffled moon a space
Where the tumult ceaseth not:
Wildly goes the midnight race!
"Sharing" by George MacDonald
With folded arms I linger not
To call them back; 'twere vain:
In this, or in some other spot,
I know they'll shine again.
"Resignation" by Walter Savage Landor
"Oft to the spot with mournful praise,
The mindful Hero springs,
And in such notes, as he can raise,
A requiem he sings."
"The Hermit's Dog" by William Hayley
Lord of suns, and eyes that see,
Shine into me, see and show;
Leave no darksome spot in me
Where thou dost not shining go.
"Cottage-Songs" by George MacDonald
In the growing darkness growing,
Growing till her eyes appear
Like spots of a deeper twilight,
But more transparent clear:
"The Old Garden" by George MacDonald
And day by day more holy grew
Each spot where he had trod,
Till after—poets only knew
Their first-born brother as a god.
"The Shepherd Of King Admetus" by James Russell Lowell

In news:

This deer was spotted on US Rt 11.
Maybe because it summons images of scorched chicken, water-spotted goblets, and stiff gatherings.
Microsoft had the tech world talking after releasing its first TV spot for Windows 8.
Sketchy's Anti- Art School at The 5 Spot.
Two spots for the cali ghetto cruiser.
Here it is over two spots in a little lot.
On August 8, after the meeting of the "Bamboo Gang," I fished at one of my favorite spots on the East Branch of the Delaware.
Susan Mullane/US PresswireCaroline Wozniacki, pictured above, was spotted out with with Rory McIlroy in July.
Robert Pattinson was spotted getting cozy last weekend with an identified blond woman at a New York hot spot.
I just noticed that my tomato fruit has black spots on the bottom and these spots are getting larger.
This is the same gene already known to give cheetahs either spots or, in the case of the king cheetah , spots and stripes.
However, you should know that many of the trails nearest to drinking spots are not very intense or long, so below this list are recommendations of some of the better hiking spots.
We will be working some old favorite spots and hitting a few new spots as well.
On the spot with RED SPOT.
The scam artist attempted to sell vendor spots for a fake country music concert at Evangola State Park for upwards of $1000 per spot.

In science:

Smyth et al. (2003) and Ritchie et al. (2006) suggest explicit statistical quality measures based on individual spot observations using the image analysis software Spot from Yang et al. (2001).
Quality assessment for short oligonucleotide microarray data
We further study other statistics derived from the genus, namely, the number of hot spots, the number of cold spots, combined number of hot and cold spots and the slope of the genus curve at mean temperature fluctuation.
Statistical nature of non-Gaussianity from cubic order primordial perturbations: CMB map simulations and genus statistic
We use the genus, which is the number of isolated hot spots minus the number of isolated cold spots, as our statistical observable.
Statistical nature of non-Gaussianity from cubic order primordial perturbations: CMB map simulations and genus statistic
The fact that the genus is smaller in the range 1 . |ν | . 2.5 means there are fewer hot spots and cold spots in the CMB map when non-Gaussian contribution with positive gNL is present.
Statistical nature of non-Gaussianity from cubic order primordial perturbations: CMB map simulations and genus statistic
In contrast, the electron diffraction patterns of Mg10.5 Ir19B17.1 always contain additional weak reflection spots following each fundamental spot, suggesting that this sample contains a rich variety of defect structure.
Superconducting state in the non-centrosymmetric Mg_{9.3}Ir_{19}B_{16.7} and Mg_{10.5}Ir_{19}B_{17.1} revealed by NMR