- one of various traditional, geometric drawings of a club, diamond, heart, or spade on a playing card for indicating suit and value.
- any playing card from a two through a ten: He drew a jack, a queen, and a three spot.
- a small quantity of anything.
- a drink: a spot of tea.
verb (used with object), spot·ted, spot·ting.
- to determine (a location) precisely on either the ground or a map.
- to observe (the results of gunfire at or near a target) for the purpose of correcting aim.
verb (used without object), spot·ted, spot·ting.
- pertaining to the point of origin of a local broadcast.
- broadcast between announced programs.
- spot announcement,
- spot card,
- spot check,
- spot height,
- spot line
- without delay; at once; instantly.
- at the very place in question.
- in a difficult or embarrassing position.
- in a position of being expected to act or to respond in some way.
Origin of spot
Examples from the Web for spot
And so the “Glo-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-ria” in this number earns it a spot on my list.
Then he took the chicken and walked over to his spot near the garbage and sat down to eat it.The Stacks: A Chicken Dinner That Mends Your Heart|Pete Dexter|December 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I wonder if the seasoned salesman can spot the billionaires on sight.Sneer and Clothing in Miami: Inside The $3 Billion Woodstock of Contemporary Art|Jay Michaelson|December 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They were advised to “try showing a little class” and “[d]ress like you deserve respect, not a spot at a bar.”
After all, not every county medical examiner can spot CTE on microscopic slides.Will the NCAA Let Ohio State’s Kosta Karageorge Die in Vain?|Robert Silverman|December 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"I was somewhere about this spot when the half-hour struck last night, for your clocks were fast," remarked Rupert.Trevlyn Hold|Mrs. Henry Wood
As for such faces as Jael's, it killed them on the spot, but that was all.Put Yourself in His Place|Charles Reade
And make haste at every such sudden recollection and fall down on the spot in a deeper compunction than ever before.Bunyan Characters - Third Series|Alexander Whyte
They gather round the spot where the tin stood and peer into the ground, as though some sprite had bewitched it into the earth.Sidelights on Chinese Life|J. Macgowan
On arriving at this spot I felt sure that I had now found the place wanted.Forty Years Among the Indians|Daniel W. Jones
- Also called: spot ballthe white ball that is distinguished from the plain by a mark or spot
- the player using this ball
- at the place in question
- in the best possible position to deal with a situation
- in an awkward predicament
- without moving from the place of one's location, etc
- (as modifier)our on-the-spot reporter
- some aspect of a character or situation that is susceptible to criticism
- a flaw in a person's knowledgeclassics is my weak spot
verb spots, spotting or spotted
Word Origin for spot
see blind spot; hit the high spots; hit the spot; in a bind (tight spot); in a fix (spot); Johnny-on-the-spot; knock the socks (spots) off; leopard cannot change its spots; on the spot; rooted to the spot; soft spot; x marks the spot.