1. a point located with respect to surface features of some region;
- Example: "this is a nice place for a picnic"
- Example: "a bright spot on a planet"
[syn: topographic point, place, spot]
2. a short section or illustration (as between radio or tv programs or in a magazine) that is often used for advertising;
3. an outstanding characteristic;
- Example: "his acting was one of the high points of the movie"
[syn: point, spot]
4. a blemish made by dirt;
- Example: "he had a smudge on his cheek"
[syn: smudge, spot, blot, daub, smear, smirch, slur]
5. a small contrasting part of something;
- Example: "a bald spot"
- Example: "a leopard's spots"
- Example: "a patch of clouds"
- Example: "patches of thin ice"
- Example: "a fleck of red"
[syn: spot, speckle, dapple, patch, fleck, maculation]
6. a section of an entertainment that is assigned to a specific performer or performance;
- Example: "they changed his spot on the program"
7. a business establishment for entertainment;
- Example: "night spot"
8. a job in an organization;
- Example: "he occupied a post in the treasury"
[syn: position, post, berth, office, spot, billet, place, situation]
9. a slight attack of illness;
- Example: "he has a touch of rheumatism"
[syn: touch, spot]
10. a small piece or quantity of something;
- Example: "a spot of tea"
- Example: "a bit of paper"
- Example: "a bit of lint"
- Example: "I gave him a bit of my mind"
[syn: spot, bit]
11. a mark on a die or on a playing card (shape depending on the suit);
[syn: spot, pip]
12. a lamp that produces a strong beam of light to illuminate a restricted area; used to focus attention of a stage performer;
[syn: spotlight, spot]
13. a playing card with a specified number of pips on it to indicate its value;
- Example: "an eight-spot"
14. an act that brings discredit to the person who does it;
- Example: "he made a huge blot on his copybook"
[syn: blot, smear, smirch, spot, stain]
1. catch sight of;
[syn: descry, spot, espy, spy]
2. detect with the senses;
- Example: "The fleeing convicts were picked out of the darkness by the watchful prison guards"
- Example: "I can't make out the faces in this photograph"
[syn: spot, recognize, recognise, distinguish, discern, pick out, make out, tell apart]
3. mar or impair with a flaw;
- Example: "her face was blemished"
[syn: blemish, spot]
4. make a spot or mark onto;
- Example: "The wine spotted the tablecloth"
[syn: spot, fleck, blob, blot]
5. become spotted;
- Example: "This dress spots quickly"
6. mark with a spot or spots so as to allow easy recognition;
- Example: "spot the areas that one should clearly identify"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Spot \Spot\ (sp[o^]t), n. [Cf. Scot. & D. spat, Dan. spette, Sw. spott spittle, slaver; from the root of E. spit. See Spit to eject from the mouth, and cf. Spatter.] 1. A mark on a substance or body made by foreign matter; a blot; a place discolored. [1913 Webster] Out, damned spot! Out, I say! --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A stain on character or reputation; something that soils purity; disgrace; reproach; fault; blemish. [1913 Webster] Yet Chloe, sure, was formed without a spot. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 3. A small part of a different color from the main part, or from the ground upon which it is; as, the spots of a leopard; the spots on a playing card. [1913 Webster] 4. A small extent of space; a place; any particular place. "Fixed to one spot." --Otway. [1913 Webster] That spot to which I point is Paradise. --Milton. [1913 Webster] "A jolly place," said he, "in times of old! But something ails it now: the spot is cursed." --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] 5. (Zool.) A variety of the common domestic pigeon, so called from a spot on its head just above its beak. [1913 Webster] 6. (Zool.) (a) A sciaenoid food fish (Liostomus xanthurus) of the Atlantic coast of the United States. It has a black spot behind the shoulders and fifteen oblique dark bars on the sides. Called also goody, Lafayette, masooka, and old wife. (b) The southern redfish, or red horse, which has a spot on each side at the base of the tail. See Redfish. [1913 Webster] 7. pl. Commodities, as merchandise and cotton, sold for immediate delivery. [Broker's Cant] [1913 Webster] Crescent spot (Zool.), any butterfly of the family Melitaeidae having crescent-shaped white spots along the margins of the red or brown wings. Spot lens (Microscopy), a condensing lens in which the light is confined to an annular pencil by means of a small, round diaphragm (the spot), and used in dark-field illumination; -- called also spotted lens. Spot rump (Zool.), the Hudsonian godwit (Limosa haemastica). Spots on the sun. (Astron.) See Sun spot, ander Sun. On the spot, or Upon the spot, immediately; before moving; without changing place; as, he made his decision on the spot. It was determined upon the spot. --Swift. [1913 Webster] Syn: Stain; flaw; speck; blot; disgrace; reproach; fault; blemish; place; site; locality. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Spot \Spot\, v. i. To become stained with spots. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Spot \Spot\ (sp[o^]t), a. Lit., being on the spot, or place; hence (Com.), on hand for immediate delivery after sale; -- said of commodities; as, spot wheat. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Spot \Spot\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spotted; p. pr. & vb. n. Spotting.] 1. To make visible marks upon with some foreign matter; to discolor in or with spots; to stain; to cover with spots or figures; as, to spot a garment; to spot paper. [1913 Webster] 2. To mark or note so as to insure recognition; to recognize; to detect; as, to spot a criminal. [Cant] [1913 Webster] 3. To stain; to blemish; to taint; to disgrace; to tarnish, as reputation; to asperse. [1913 Webster] My virgin life no spotted thoughts shall stain. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster] If ever I shall close these eyes but once, May I live spotted for my perjury. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] To spot timber, to cut or chip it, in preparation for hewing. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
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