Origin of hot spot
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Origin of hot-spot
ABOUT THIS WORD
What else does hotspot mean?
A hotspot is a public place that offers wireless internet. A mobile or personal hotspot lets a user go online by connecting a device to their smartphone.
How is hotspot pronounced?[ hot-spot ]
What are some other forms of hotspot?
hot spot or hot-spot
What are some other words related to hotspot?
Where does hotspot come from?
Long before the internet, the phrase hot spot was referring to all sorts of “active” (hot) places (spots). In the 19th century, for instance, a hot spot could refer to a dangerous region due to armed conflict, or it could refer to a patch of skin warmer than another. In the early 20th century, a hot spot came to refer to an exciting social venue in slang, and, in ecology, an area teeming with biodiversity, to name a few more examples.
The technology for internet hotspots came in the early 1990s, called public access wireless local area networks. Hotspot is a much catchier name, though, and is recorded as early as 1999. Hot refers to internet connection (think “live” or “operating”) and spot refers to the access point between a device and a router in public. One early pioneer was T-Mobile Hotspot.
During the 2000s, hotspots spread in public spaces where people might want or need internet connection to do work or for entertainment, including airports, coffee shops, and libraries. These became called Wi-Fi hotspots, prominently featured on signage in businesses and institutions to entice (or comfort!) patrons. Major cities began offering more and more free Wi-Fi, turning whole towns into hotspots.
The 2010s saw the rise of smartphones, such iPhones and Android devices, which used a technology called tethering to use a person’s phone as a mobile or personal hotspot for other devices, such as tablets or laptops. While public Wi-Fi hotspots have limited range and speed, slowed down with too many users, mobile or personal hotspots broadened high-speed internet access to the modern person on the go.
As of 2018, the vast majority of smartphones provided mobile hotspots, and the U.S. alone offers tens of millions of public Wi-Fi hotspots.
How is hotspot used in real life?
Hotspots are widely offered to customers by businesses such as bars, coffee shops, hotels, and transportation hubs as a perk beloved (er, desperately relied upon) by travelers, students, and businesspeople.
A handy rule of thumb: hotspot, one word, generally refers to internet hotspots while hot spot, two words, refers to various other concepts in other domains like ecology and slang.
Out of the office for the next few days but able to check email/do necessary stuff on my laptop with a wifi hotspot in the car. THE FUTURE IS NOW
— Kaleigh Moore (@kaleighf) June 7, 2018
As noted, hotspots are frequently called Wi-Fi hotspots when you’re connecting to an establishment’s Wi-Fi versus mobile or personal hotspots when tethering devices.
More examples of hotspot:
“A WiFi hotspot will soon be available at the Mariposa County Visitor Center/Chamber of Commerce building.”
—Matt Johnson, Mariposa Gazette, May 2018
How to use hot spot in a sentence
Thus far, the most talked-about Green Friday hotspot is Denver dispensary the Grass Station.Colorado Weed Dispensaries Celebrate ‘Green Friday’|Abby Haglage|November 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
According to Radar Online, the starlet was seen in a heated argument with Kate Moss at the new hotspot, Chiltern Firehouse.Is Fashion Lindsay Lohan’s Latest Form of Rehab?|Erin Cunningham|June 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
From the go-to downtown hotspot to where to take a first date, here are the places you should be once spring is in full gear.New York City’s Best New Hotspots This Spring|Sara Sayed, Valeriya Safronova|April 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then he opened a pizzeria, which became a neighborhood hotspot.Moral Courage: Imam for Peace|Moral Courage|February 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The closest I come is taking trains to Boston, I guess, and not using the Wi-Fi hotspot Internet (but still using my phone).Seven Things to Do on National Day of Unplugging|Sam Schlinkert|March 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for hot spot
- any local area of high temperature in a part of an engine, etc
- part of the inlet manifold of a paraffin engine that is heated by exhaust gases to vaporize the fuel
- a small area on the surface of or within a body with an exceptionally high concentration of radioactivity or of some chemical or mineral considered harmful
- a similar area that generates an abnormal amount of heat, as revealed by thermography
Scientific definitions for hot spot
Cultural definitions for 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.