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hot spot

or hot·spot

[ hot-spot ]
/ ˈhɒtˌspɒt /
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Origin of hot spot

An Americanism dating back to 1925–30

Other definitions for hot spot (2 of 2)

hot-spot
[ hot-spot ]
/ ˈhɒtˌspɒt /

verb (used with object), hot-spot·ted, hot-spot·ting.
to stop (a forest fire) at a hot spot.

Origin of hot-spot

First recorded in 1950–55; v. use of hot spot
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British Dictionary definitions for hot spot

hot spot

noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for hot spot

hot spot

A volcanic area that forms as a tectonic plate moves over a point heated from deep within the Earth's mantle. The source of the heat is thought to be the decay of radioactive elements. The Hawaiian Islands formed as a series of hot spots. See more at tectonic boundary.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Cultural definitions for hot spot

hot spot

A place deep within the Earth where hot magma rises to just underneath the surface, creating a bulge and volcanic activity (see volcano). The chain of Hawaiian Islands (see Hawaii) is thought to have been created by the movement of a tectonic plate over a hot spot.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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