- a small spot differing in color or substance from that of the surface or material upon which it appears or lies: Specks of soot on the window sill.
- a very little bit or particle: We haven't a speck of sugar.
- something appearing small by comparison or by reason of distance: By then the town was just a speck.
- to mark with, or as with, a speck or specks.
Origin of speck
Examples from the Web for speck
“I think you'd make a great city planner just based on what you've learned from designing this game,” Speck tells Librande.
“I think about design, but I'm not operating on a scale where I'm thinking about power production,” says Speck.
Some things he lacked: he hadn't no immagination at all, not one speck.Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 6.
Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
But there was not a speck of dust anywhere, as Mrs. Brady noticed.The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys
I feel as a cat who would lick all day to take the least speck from her fur.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
And then she would still keep the house clean, not even a speck of dust.L'Assommoir
She cast a hasty glance at his feet, and saw that there was not a speck of dust on his boots.The Fat and the Thin
- a very small mark or spot
- a small or tiny piece of something
- (tr) to mark with specks or spots
Word Origin and History for speck
Old English specca "small spot, stain," of unknown origin; probably related to Dutch speckel "speck, speckle," Middle Dutch spekelen "to sprinkle." Meaning "tiny bit" developed c.1400.