speck

A speck is a tiny patch or spot. At night, the stars look like glittering specks against the sky. And when you look up at the night sky, you might feel like a mere speck in the universe.

A speck is a bit of color or light, or a very slight amount of something: "I'd like my eggs with lots of salt and just a speck of pepper." If you're extremely tidy, discovering specks of sand on your jeans after a walk on the beach might prompt you to change your clothes. Speck can be traced back to the Old English specca, "small spot or stain," but beyond that its origin remains a mystery.

Definitions of speck
  1. noun
    a very small spot
    “the plane was just a speck in the sky”
    synonyms: pinpoint
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    dapple, fleck, maculation, patch, speckle, spot
    a small contrasting part of something
  2. noun
    a slight but appreciable amount
    synonyms: hint, jot, mite, pinch, soupcon, tinge, touch
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    snuff
    a pinch of smokeless tobacco inhaled at a single time
    type of:
    small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
    an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
  3. noun
    (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything
    synonyms: atom, corpuscle, molecule, mote, particle
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    grain
    a relatively small granular particle of a substance
    grinding
    material resulting from the process of grinding
    chylomicron
    a microscopic particle of triglycerides produced in the intestines during digestion; in the bloodstream they release their fatty acids into the blood
    flyspeck
    a tiny dark speck made by the excrement of a fly
    identification particle
    a tiny particle of material that can be added to a product to indicate the source of manufacture
    granule
    a tiny grain
    Microtaggant
    (trademark) a microscopic and traceable identification particle used to trace explosives or other hazardous materials or to prevent counterfeiting
    type of:
    material, stuff
    the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object
  4. verb
    produce specks in or on
    speck the cloth”
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    mark
    make or leave a mark on
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