hot spot

or hot·spot

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noun


Nearby words

  1. hot seat,
  2. hot seat, in the,
  3. hot shit,
  4. hot shoe,
  5. hot shot,
  6. hot spring,
  7. hot springs,
  8. hot springs national park,
  9. hot stuff,
  10. hot swapping

Origin of hot spot

An Americanism dating back to 1925–30

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 hotspot

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

Word Origin and History for hotspot

hot spot

n.

also hotspot, 1888 as a skin irritation; 1931 as "nightclub;" 1938 in the firefighting sense; 1941 as "place of international conflict." See hot (adj.) + spot (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for hotspot

hot spot

n.

A region in a gene in which there is a high rate of mutation. Its existence depends on the size of the region concerned, the readiness with which the mutation can be detected, and the possibility that selection against mutants at that point is less than that against mutants elsewhere.

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Science definitions for hotspot

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.
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Culture definitions for hotspot

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.

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