1. a very small spot;
- Example: "the plane was just a speck in the sky"
[syn: speck, pinpoint]
2. (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything;
[syn: atom, molecule, particle, corpuscle, mote, speck]
3. a slight but appreciable amount;
- Example: "this dish could use a touch of garlic"
[syn: touch, hint, tinge, mite, pinch, jot, speck, soupcon]
1. produce specks in or on;
- Example: "speck the cloth"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Speck \Speck\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Specked; p. pr. & vb. n. Specking.] To cause the presence of specks upon or in, especially specks regarded as defects or blemishes; to spot; to speckle; as, paper specked by impurities in the water used in its manufacture. [1913 Webster] Carnation, purple, azure, or specked with gold. --Milton. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Speck \Speck\, n. [Cf. Icel. spik blubber, AS. spic, D. spek, G. speck.] The blubber of whales or other marine mammals; also, the fat of the hippopotamus. [1913 Webster] Speck falls (Naut.), falls or ropes rove through blocks for hoisting the blubber and bone of whales on board a whaling vessel. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Speck \Speck\, n. [OE. spekke, AS. specca; cf. LG. spaak.] 1. A small discolored place in or on anything, or a small place of a color different from that of the main substance; a spot; a stain; a blemish; as, a speck on paper or loth; specks of decay in fruit. "Gray sand, with black specks." --Anson. [1913 Webster] 2. A very small thing; a particle; a mite; as, specks of dust; he has not a speck of money. [1913 Webster] Many bright specks bubble up along the blue Egean. --Landor. [1913 Webster] 3. (Zool.) A small etheostomoid fish (Ulocentra stigmaea) common in the Eastern United States. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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