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!"

Definitions of spot
  1. noun
    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
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    point
    the precise location of something; a spatially limited location
  2. noun
    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
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    marking
    a pattern of marks
  3. noun
    a blemish made by dirt
    synonyms: blot, daub, slur, smear, smirch, smudge
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    blotch, splodge, splotch
    an irregularly shaped spot
    fingermark, fingerprint
    a smudge made by a (dirty) finger
    inkblot
    a blot made with ink
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    blemish, defect, mar
    a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)
  4. noun
    a small piece or quantity of something
    “a spot of tea”
    synonyms: bit
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    small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
    an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
  5. noun
    a lamp that produces a strong beam of light to illuminate a restricted area; used to focus attention of a stage performer
    synonyms: spotlight
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    lamp
    an artificial source of visible illumination
  6. noun
    an outstanding characteristic
    synonyms: point
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    characteristic
    a distinguishing quality
  7. noun
    a mark on a die or on a playing card (shape depending on the suit)
    synonyms: pip
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    insignia, mark, marker, marking
    a distinguishing symbol
  8. noun
    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
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    playing card
    one of a pack of cards that are used to play card games
  9. verb
    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
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    change surface
    undergo or cause to undergo a change in the surface
  10. verb
    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
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    mark
    make or leave a mark on
  11. verb
    mar or impair with a flaw
    synonyms: blemish
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    begrime, bemire, colly, dirty, grime, soil
    make soiled, filthy, or dirty
  12. verb
    become spotted
    “This dress spots quickly”
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    freckle
    become freckled
    fox
    become discolored with, or as if with, mildew spots
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    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  13. verb
    detect with the senses
    synonyms: discern, distinguish, make out, pick out, recognise, recognize, tell apart
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    resolve
    make clearly visible
    discriminate
    distinguish
  14. verb
    catch sight of
    synonyms: descry, espy, spy
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    sight, spy
    catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes
  15. noun
    a short section or illustration (as between radio or tv programs or in a magazine) that is often used for advertising
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    section, subdivision
    a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical)
  16. noun
    a section of an entertainment that is assigned to a specific performer or performance
    “they changed his spot on the program”
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    section, subdivision
    a self-contained part of a larger composition (written or musical)
  17. noun
    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
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    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
  18. noun
    a job in an organization
    synonyms: berth, billet, office, place, position, post, situation
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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
  19. noun
    a slight attack of illness
    synonyms: touch
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    attack
    a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition
  20. noun
    an act that brings discredit to the person who does it
    synonyms: blot, smear, smirch, stain
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    error, fault, mistake
    a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention
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