spot

A spot is a particular place or a small, round mark. You might pick a nice, shady spot in the woods for a picnic. But if you spot a better place by the lake, get moving!

Spots on your face might be pimples—or maybe mosquito bites you got walking in a swampy spot. Another kind of spot is a small part of something, like the bright spot in your miserable day, or the bald spot on someone’s head. Spot is also shorthand for "spotlight" and slang for money, as in "He handed me a ten spot." To spot something is to see it: "When you spot the ice cream truck, call me!"

Primary Meanings of spot

1.
nv
a point located with respect to surface features of some region
make a spot or mark onto
2.
v
detect with the senses
3.
n
a short section or illustration (as between radio or tv programs or in a magazine) that is often used for advertising
4.
n
a business establishment for entertainment
5.
n
a job in an organization
6.
n
a slight attack of illness
7.
n
an act that brings discredit to the person who does it
Full Definitions of spot
1

n a point located with respect to surface features of some region

“a bright spot on a planet”
Synonyms:
place, topographic point
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grave, tomb
a place for the burial of a corpse (especially beneath the ground and marked by a tombstone)
junction
the place where two or more things come together
birthplace, place of birth
the place where someone was born
polling place, polling station
a place where voters go to cast their votes in an election
end
one of two places from which people are communicating to each other
hiding place
a place suitable for hiding something (such as yourself)
heights, high
a high place
hole-in-the-wall
a small unpretentious out-of-the-way place
holy, holy place, sanctum
a sacred place of pilgrimage
mecca
a place that attracts many visitors
nesting place
a place suitable for nesting
overlook
a high place affording a good view
crest, crown, peak, summit, tip, top
the top or extreme point of something (usually a mountain or hill)
rendezvous
a place where people meet
scour
a place that is scoured (especially by running water)
service area
place on a highway providing garage services and eating and toilet facilities
showplace
a place that is frequently exhibited and visited for its historical interest or natural beauty
solitude
a solitary place
stop
a spot where something halts or pauses
target, target area
the location of the target that is to be hit
pool, puddle
something resembling a pool of liquid
zone
a locally circumscribed place characterized by some distinctive features
burial chamber, sepulcher, sepulchre, sepulture
a chamber that is used as a grave
interchange
a junction of highways on different levels that permits traffic to move from one to another without crossing traffic streams
carrefour, crossing, crossroad, crossway, intersection
a junction where one street or road crosses another
island
a zone or area resembling an island
mastaba, mastabah
an ancient Egyptian mud-brick tomb with a rectangular base and sloping sides and flat roof
railway junction
a junction where two or more railway lines meet or cross
T-junction
a junction where two roads or pipes etc. meet to form a T
circle, rotary, roundabout, traffic circle
a road junction at which traffic streams circularly around a central island
bus stop
a place on a bus route where buses stop to discharge and take on passengers
checkpoint
a place (as at a frontier) where travellers are stopped for inspection and clearance
drop
a predetermined hiding place for the deposit and distribution of illicit goods (such as drugs or stolen property)
den, hideaway, hideout
a hiding place; usually a remote place used by outlaws
lurking place
a place suitable for lurking
brow, hilltop
the peak of a hill
loading area, loading zone
a stop where carriers can be loaded and unloaded
pinnacle
a lofty peak
stopover, way station
a stopping place on a journey
ground zero
the target of a projectile (as a bomb or missile)
mountain peak
the summit of a mountain
Type of:
point
the precise location of something; a spatially limited location

n a small contrasting part of something

“a bald spot
“a leopard's spots
Synonyms:
dapple, fleck, maculation, patch, speckle
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pinpoint, speck
a very small spot
nebula
(pathology) a faint cloudy spot on the cornea
splash
a patch of bright color
fret, worn spot
a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion
plaque
(pathology) a small abnormal patch on or inside the body
macula, macule
a patch of skin that is discolored but not usually elevated; caused by various diseases
mock sun, parhelion, sundog
a bright spot on the parhelic circle; caused by diffraction by ice crystals
macula, sunspot
a cooler darker spot appearing periodically on the sun's photosphere; associated with a strong magnetic field
facula
a large bright spot on the sun's photosphere occurring most frequently in the vicinity of sunspots
facula
a bright spot on a planet
amyloid plaque, amyloid protein plaque
a plaque consisting of tangles of amyloid protein in nervous tissue (a pathological mark of Alzheimer's disease)
arterial plaque
a fatty deposit inside an arterial wall; characteristic of atherosclerosis
bacterial plaque, dental plaque
a film of mucus and bacteria deposited on the teeth that encourages the development of dental caries
freckle, lentigo
a small brownish spot (of the pigment melanin) on the skin
liver spot
a type of skin disease that causes brown spots on the skin
plague spot
a spot on the skin characteristic of the plague
Type of:
marking
a pattern of marks

n a blemish made by dirt

Synonyms:
blot, daub, slur, smear, smirch, smudge
Types:
blotch, splodge, splotch
an irregularly shaped spot
fingermark, fingerprint
a smudge made by a (dirty) finger
inkblot
a blot made with ink
Type of:
blemish, defect, mar
a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)

n a small piece or quantity of something

“a spot of tea”
Synonyms:
bit
Type of:
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude

n a lamp that produces a strong beam of light to illuminate a restricted area; used to focus attention of a stage performer

Synonyms:
spotlight
Type of:
lamp
an artificial source of visible illumination

n an outstanding characteristic

Synonyms:
point
Type of:
characteristic
a distinguishing quality

n a mark on a die or on a playing card (shape depending on the suit)

Synonyms:
pip
Type of:
mark, marker, marking
a distinguishing symbol

n a playing card with a specified number of pips on it to indicate its value

“an eight- spot
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eight, eight-spot
one of four playing cards in a deck with eight pips on the face
five, five-spot
a playing card or a domino or a die whose upward face shows five pips
four, four-spot
a playing card or domino or die whose upward face shows four pips
nine, nine-spot
one of four playing cards in a deck with nine pips on the face
seven, seven-spot
one of four playing cards in a deck with seven pips on the face
six, six-spot
a playing card or domino or die whose upward face shows six pips
ten, ten-spot
one of four playing cards in a deck with ten pips on the face
Type of:
playing card
one of a pack of cards that are used to play card games

v make a spot or mark onto

“The wine spotted the tablecloth”
Synonyms:
blob, blot, fleck
stain
produce or leave stains
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splotch
blotch or spot
defile, maculate, stain, sully, tarnish
make dirty or spotty, as by exposure to air; also used metaphorically
bespeckle, speckle
mark with small spots
bespatter, spatter
spot, splash, or soil
darken
tarnish or stain
Type of:
change surface
undergo or cause to undergo a change in the surface

v mark with a spot or spots so as to allow easy recognition

spot the areas that one should clearly identify”
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freckle
mark with freckles
cloud, dapple, mottle
color with streaks or blotches of different shades
harlequin
variegate with spots or marks
speckle, stipple
produce a mottled effect
Type of:
mark
make or leave a mark on

v mar or impair with a flaw

Synonyms:
blemish
Type of:
begrime, bemire, colly, dirty, grime, soil
make soiled, filthy, or dirty

v become spotted

“This dress spots quickly”
Types:
freckle
become freckled
fox
become discolored with, or as if with, mildew spots
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
2

v detect with the senses

Synonyms:
discern, distinguish, make out, pick out, recognise, recognize, tell apart
Types:
resolve
make clearly visible
discriminate
distinguish

v catch sight of

Synonyms:
descry, espy, spy
Type of:
sight, spy
catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes
3

n a short section or illustration (as between radio or tv programs or in a magazine) that is often used for advertising

Type of:
section, subdivision
a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical)

n a section of an entertainment that is assigned to a specific performer or performance

“they changed his spot on the program”
Type of:
section, subdivision
a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical)
4

n a business establishment for entertainment

“night spot
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cabaret, club, night club, nightclub, nightspot
a spot that is open late at night and that provides entertainment (as singers or dancers) as well as dancing and food and drink
clip joint
a place of entertainment where high prices are charged for poor entertainment
hot spot, hotspot
a lively entertainment spot
joint
a disreputable place of entertainment
dive, honkytonk
a cheap disreputable nightclub or dance hall
jook, jook house, jook joint, juke, juke house, juke joint
a small roadside establishment in the southeastern United States where you can eat and drink and dance to music provided by a jukebox
supper club
usually a small luxurious nightclub
Type of:
business establishment, place of business
an establishment (a factory or an assembly plant or retail store or warehouse etc.) where business is conducted, goods are made or stored or processed or where services are rendered
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n a job in an organization

Synonyms:
berth, billet, office, place, position, post, situation
Types:
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academicianship
the position of member of an honorary academy
accountantship
the position of accountant
admiralty
the office of admiral
ambassadorship
the post of ambassador
apostleship
the position of apostle
apprenticeship, internship
the position of apprentice
associateship
the position of associate (as in an office or academy)
attorneyship
the position of attorney
bailiffship
the office of bailiff
baronetage
the state of a baronet
bishopry, episcopate
the office and dignity of a bishop
cadetship
the position of cadet
caliphate
the office of a caliph
captaincy, captainship
the post of captain
cardinalship
the office of cardinal
chairmanship
the position of chairman
chancellorship
the office of chancellor
chaplaincy, chaplainship
the position of chaplain
chieftaincy, chieftainship
the position of chieftain
clerkship
the job of clerk
commandership, commandery
the position or office of commander
comptrollership
the position of comptroller
consulship
the post of consul
controllership
the position of controller
councillorship, councilorship
the position of council member
counsellorship, counselorship
the position of counselor
curacy
the position of a curate
curatorship
the position of curator
custodianship
the position of custodian
deanery, deanship
the position or office of a dean
directorship
the position of a director of a business concern
discipleship
the position of disciple
editorship
the position of editor
eldership
the office of elder
emirate
the office of an emir
fatherhood
the status of a father
fatherhood
the status of a religious leader
foremanship
the position of foreman
generalcy, generalship
the office and authority of a general
governorship
the office of governor
headship
the position of head
headship
the position of headmaster or headmistress
hot seat
a difficult position where you are subjected to stress and criticism
incumbency
the office of an incumbent
inspectorship
the office of inspector
instructorship
the position of instructor
internship
the position of a medical intern
judgeship, judicature
the position of judge
khanate
the position of a khan
lectureship
the post of lecturer
legateship, legation
the post or office of legate
legislatorship
the office of legislator
librarianship
the position of librarian
lieutenancy
the position of a lieutenant
magistracy, magistrature
the position of magistrate
managership
the position of manager
manhood
the status of being a man
marshalship
the post of marshall
mastership
the position of master
mayoralty
the position of mayor
messiahship
the position of messiah
moderatorship
the position of moderator
overlordship
the position of overlord
pastorate, pastorship
the position of pastor
peasanthood
the state of being a peasant
plum
a highly desirable position or assignment
praetorship
the office of praetor
precentorship
the position of precentor
preceptorship
the position of preceptor
prefecture
the office of prefect
prelacy, prelature
the office or station of a prelate
premiership
the office of premier
presidency, presidentship
the office and function of president
primateship
the office of primate
principalship
the post of principal
priorship
the office of prior
proconsulate, proconsulship
the position of proconsul
proctorship
the position of proctor
chair, professorship
the position of professor
protectorship
the position of protector
public office
a position concerning the people as a whole
rabbinate
the office or function of a rabbi
receivership
the office of a receiver
rectorate, rectorship
the office or station of a rector
regency
the office of a regent
residency
the position of physician who is receiving special training in a hospital (usually after completing an internship)
rulership
the position of ruler
sainthood
the status and dignity of a saint
secretaryship
the position of secretary
feudal lordship, seigneury, seigniory
the position and authority of a feudal lord
senatorship
the office of senator
sinecure
an office that involves minimal duties
solicitorship
the position of solicitor
speakership
the position of Speaker
stewardship
the position of steward
studentship
the position of student
teachership
the position of teacher
thaneship
the position of thane
throne
the position and power of an exalted person (a sovereign or bishop) who is entitled to sit in a chair of state on ceremonial occasions
treasurership
the position of treasurer
tribuneship
the position of tribune
trusteeship
the position of trustee
vice-presidency
the office and function of a vice president
viceroyship
the position of viceroy
viziership
the position of vizier
wardenship
the position of warden
wardership
the position of warder
womanhood
the status of a woman
headmastership
the position of headmaster
headmistressship
the position of headmistress
Chief Executive, President, President of the United States
the office of the United States head of state
bully pulpit
a public office of sufficiently high rank that it provides the holder with an opportunity to speak out and be listened to on any matter
Attorney General, Attorney General of the United States
the position of the head of the Justice Department and the chief law enforcement officer of the United States
Agriculture Secretary, Secretary of Agriculture
the position of the head of the Department of Agriculture
Commerce Secretary, Secretary of Commerce
the position of the head of the Department of Commerce
Defense Secretary, Secretary of Defense
the position of the head of the Department of Defense
Education Secretary, Secretary of Education
the position of the head of the Education Department
Energy Secretary, Secretary of Energy
the position of the head of the Department of Energy
Secretary of Health and Human Services
the position of the head of the Department of Health and Human Services
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
the position of the head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development
Labor Secretary, Secretary of Labor
the position of the head of the Department of Labor
Secretary of State
the position of the head of the State Department
Interior Secretary, Secretary of the Interior
the position of the head of the Department of the Interior
Secretary of the Treasury, Treasury Secretary
the position of the head of the Treasury Department
Secretary of Transportation, Transportation Secretary
the position of the head of the Department of Transportation
Secretary of Veterans Affairs
the position of the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs
Secretary of War, War Secretary
head of a former executive department; combined with the Navy Secretary to form the Defense Secretary in 1947
Navy Secretary, Secretary of the Navy
head of a former executive department; combined with the War Secretary to form the Defense Secretary in 1947
Secretary of Commerce and Labor
head of a former executive department created in 1903 and divided into two departments in 1913
Secretary of Health Education and Welfare
head of a former executive department created in 1953 and divided into two departments in 1979
Type of:
business, job, line, line of work, occupation
the principal activity in your life that you do to earn money
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n a slight attack of illness

Synonyms:
touch
Type of:
attack
a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition
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n an act that brings discredit to the person who does it

Synonyms:
blot, smear, smirch, stain
Type of:
error, fault, mistake
a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention

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