What does spot mean?

Definitions for spot

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word spot.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. topographic point, place, spotnoun

    a point located with respect to surface features of some region

    "this is a nice place for a picnic"; "a bright spot on a planet"

  2. spotnoun

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

  3. point, spotnoun

    an outstanding characteristic

    "his acting was one of the high points of the movie"

  4. smudge, spot, blot, daub, smear, smirch, slurnoun

    a blemish made by dirt

    "he had a smudge on his cheek"

  5. spot, speckle, dapple, patch, fleck, maculationnoun

    a small contrasting part of something

    "a bald spot"; "a leopard's spots"; "a patch of clouds"; "patches of thin ice"; "a fleck of red"

  6. spotnoun

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

    "they changed his spot on the program"

  7. spotnoun

    a business establishment for entertainment

    "night spot"

  8. position, post, berth, office, spot, billet, place, situationnoun

    a job in an organization

    "he occupied a post in the treasury"

  9. touch, spotnoun

    a slight attack of illness

    "he has a touch of rheumatism"

  10. spot, bitnoun

    a small piece or quantity of something

    "a spot of tea"; "a bit of paper"; "a bit of lint"; "I gave him a bit of my mind"

  11. spot, pipnoun

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

  12. spotlight, spotnoun

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

  13. spotnoun

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

    "an eight-spot"

  14. blot, smear, smirch, spot, stainverb

    an act that brings discredit to the person who does it

    "he made a huge blot on his copybook"

  15. descry, spot, espy, spyverb

    catch sight of

  16. spot, recognize, recognise, distinguish, discern, pick out, make out, tell apartverb

    detect with the senses

    "The fleeing convicts were picked out of the darkness by the watchful prison guards"; "I can't make out the faces in this photograph"

  17. blemish, spotverb

    mar or impair with a flaw

    "her face was blemished"

  18. spot, fleck, blob, blotverb

    make a spot or mark onto

    "The wine spotted the tablecloth"

  19. spotverb

    become spotted

    "This dress spots quickly"

  20. spotverb

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

    "spot the areas that one should clearly identify"


  1. spotnoun

    A round or irregular patch on the surface of a thing having a different color, texture etc. and generally round in shape.

    The leopard is noted for the spots of color in its fur.

  2. spotnoun

    A stain or disfiguring mark.

    I have tried everything, and I can't get this spot out.

  3. spotnoun

    A pimple, papule or pustule.

  4. spotnoun

    A small, unspecified amount or quantity.

    Would you like to come round on Sunday for a spot of lunch?

  5. spotnoun

    A bill of five-dollar or ten-dollar denomination in dollars.

    Here's the twenty bucks I owe you, a ten spot and two five spots.

  6. spotnoun

    A location or area.

  7. spotnoun

    A parking space.

  8. spotnoun

    An official determination of placement.

    The fans were very unhappy with the referee's spot of the ball.

  9. spotnoun

    A bright lamp; a spotlight.

  10. spotverb

    To see, find; to pick out, notice, locate, distinguish or identify

    Try to spot the differences between these two entries.

  11. spotverb

    To loan a small amount of money to someone.

    I'll spot you ten dollars for lunch.

  12. spotverb

    To stain; to leave a spot.

    Hard water will spot if it is left on a surface.

  13. spotverb

    To remove, or attempt to remove, a stain.

    I spotted the carpet where the child dropped spaghetti.

  14. spotverb

    To support or assist a maneuver, or to be prepared to assist if safety dictates.

    I can't do a back handspring unless somebody spots me.

  15. spotverb

    To keep the head and eyes pointing in a single direction while turning.

    Most figure skaters do not spot their turns like dancers do.

  16. spotnoun

    A brief advertisement or program segment on television.

    Did you see the spot on the news about the shoelace factory?

  17. spotnoun

    Difficult situation; predicament

    She was in a real spot when she ran into her separated husband while on a date.

  18. spotnoun

    One who spots (supports or assists a maneuver, or is prepared to assist if safety dictates); a spotter

  19. spotnoun

    penalty kick

  20. Spotnoun

    A popular given name for a dog.

  21. Etymology: From spot or spotte, cognate with spotte, spot, and spotti. Also splott.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SPOTnoun

    Etymology: spette, Danish; spotte, Flemish.

    This three years day, these eyes, though clear
    To outward view of blemish or of spot,
    Bereft of sight, their seeing have forgot. John Milton.

    A long series of ancestors shews the native lustre with advantage; but if he any way degenerate from his line, the least spot is visible on ermine. Dryden.

    Let him take thee,
    And hoist thee up to the shouting plebeians;
    Follow his chariot, like the greatest spot
    Of all thy sex. William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra.

    That spot to which I point is paradise,
    Adam’s abode, those lofty shades his bow’r. John Milton.

    He, who with Plato, shall place beatitude in the knowledge of God, will have his thoughts raised to other contemplations than those who looked not beyond this spot of earth, and those perishing things in it. John Locke.

    About one of these breathing passages is a spot of myrtles, that flourish within the steam of these vapours. Addison.

    Abdallah converted the whole mountain into a kind of garden, and covered every part of it with plantations or spots of flowers. The Guardian.

    He that could make two ears of corn grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind than the whole race of politicians. Gulliver.

    I would be busy in the world, and learn,
    Not like a coarse and useless dunghill weed,
    Fix’d to one spot, and rot just as I grow. Thomas Otway.

    As in this grove I took my last farewel,
    As on this very spot of earth I fell,
    So she my prey becomes ev’n here. Dryden.

    Here Adrian fell: upon that fatal spot
    Our brother died. George Granville.

    The lion did not chop him up immediately upon the spot; and yet he was resolved he should not escape. Roger L'Estrange.

    It was determined upon the spot, according as the oratory on either side prevailed. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To Spotverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    They are polluted off ’rings, more abhorr’d
    Than spotted livers in the sacrifice. William Shakespeare.

    Have you not seen a handkerchief,
    Spotted with strawberries in your wife’s hand? William Shakespeare.

    But serpents now more amity maintain;
    From spotted skins the leopard does refrain:
    No weaker lion’s by a stronger slain. Nahum Tate, Juvenal.

    I counted the patches on both sides, and found the tory patches to be about twenty stronger than the whig; but next morning the whole puppet-show was filled with faces spotted after the whiggish manner. Joseph Addison, Spectator.

    This vow receive, this vow of God’s maintain,
    My virgin life, no spotted thoughts shall stain. Philip Sidney.

    The people of Armenia have retained the christian faith, from the time of the apostles; but at this day it is spotted with many absurdities. George Abbot, Descript. of the World.


  1. spot

    A spot can refer to a specific location or place, often marked or identified by distinctive features. It can also refer to a small rounded or circular mark or stain differing in color or texture from the surface around it. In context, it can also mean a particular position in a sequence or hierarchy, or even a breakout of pimples or rash on a surface (especially skin).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spotnoun

    a mark on a substance or body made by foreign matter; a blot; a place discolored

  2. Spotnoun

    a stain on character or reputation; something that soils purity; disgrace; reproach; fault; blemish

  3. Spotnoun

    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

  4. Spotnoun

    a small extent of space; a place; any particular place

  5. Spotnoun

    a variety of the common domestic pigeon, so called from a spot on its head just above its beak

  6. Spotnoun

    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

  7. Spotnoun

    the southern redfish, or red horse, which has a spot on each side at the base of the tail. See Redfish

  8. Spotnoun

    commodities, as merchandise and cotton, sold for immediate delivery

  9. Spotverb

    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 garnment; to spot paper

  10. Spotverb

    to mark or note so as to insure recognition; to recognize; to detect; as, to spot a criminal

  11. Spotverb

    to stain; to blemish; to taint; to disgrace; to tarnish, as reputation; to asperse

  12. Spotverb

    to become stained with spots


  1. SPOT

    SPOT is a high-resolution, optical imaging Earth observation satellite system operating from space. It is run by Spot Image based in Toulouse, France. It was initiated by the CNES in the 1970s and was developed in association with the SSTC and the Swedish National Space Board. It has been designed to improve the knowledge and management of the Earth by exploring the Earth's resources, detecting and forecasting phenomena involving climatology and oceanography, and monitoring human activities and natural phenomena. The SPOT system includes a series of satellites and ground control resources for satellite control and programming, image production, and distribution. Earlier satellites were launched with the ESA rocket launcher Ariane 2, 3, and 4 while SPOT 6 was launched by the Indian PSLV. The company SPOT Image is marketing the high-resolution images, which SPOT can take from every corner of the Earth. ⁕SPOT 1 launched February 22, 1986 with 10 panchromatic and 20 meter multispectral picture resolution capability. Withdrawn December 31, 1990.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Spot

    spot, n. a mark made by a drop of wet matter: a blot: a discoloured place: a small part of a different colour: a small extent of space: any particular place: one of the marked points on a billiard-table, from which balls are played (for Centre-spot, Pyramid-spot, &c., see Billiards): one of the dark places on the surface of the sun, &c.: something that soils: a stain on character or reputation.—v.t. to mark with drops of wet: to stain: to discolour: to taint: to tarnish, as reputation: to note or recognise by some point, to detect: to indicate, name:—pr.p. spot′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. spot′ted.adj. Spot′less, without a spot: untainted: pure.—adv. Spot′lessly.—ns. Spot′lessness; Spot′-stroke, a stroke in billiards when the player pockets the red ball from the 'spot,' leaving his own ball in position to repeat the stroke.—adjs. Spot′ted, Spot′ty, marked with spots or discoloured places.—ns. Spot′tedness, the state of being spotted; Spot′ter, one who spots or detects; Spot′tiness, state of being spotty.—Spot-barred game, a game at billiards when the spot-stroke is forbidden to be played more than twice consecutively. [Cf. Dut. spat, Dan. spætte; prob. conn. with spit.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. spot

    1. To determine by observation, deviations of ordnance from the target for the purpose of supplying necessary information for the adjustment of fire. 2. To place in a proper location. 3. An approved shipboard helicopter landing site. See also ordnance.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'spot' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2541

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'spot' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2514

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'spot' in Nouns Frequency: #871

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'spot' in Verbs Frequency: #656

Anagrams for spot »

  1. post

  2. POST

  3. pots

  4. POTS

  5. stop

  6. tops

  7. opts

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spot in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spot in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of spot in a Sentence

  1. Joel Bitonio:

    He is a guy that gets after the quarterback, plays the run well. He is a great player. It is tough, anytime you lose a guy to injury, to suspension or to anything of that nature, it is something that you have to try and fill that spot. ... It is tough when you lose your best defender.

  2. Andrew Schwartz:

    The general idea and their motivation, I think, are spot on.

  3. Tri Bourne:

    This has been crazy for me, just like mentally trying to comprehend the excitement of becoming an Olympian but also feeling for Taylor and understanding this is his spot ... and I’m just honored the way they are accepting me onto the team and allowing me to come in, i didn’t really ever stop pursuing being an Olympian. I stayed in shape and I just feel like I couldn’t be any more ready for this moment.

  4. Brother Nut:

    People have focused more on air pollution, because smog is easy to spot. But not much attention has been put on water.

  5. Jabraan Pasha:

    We are in a spot right now where even without a potential gathering of this size we are concerned with the trajectory of these positive cases.

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Translations for spot

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  • بقعةArabic
  • tacaCatalan, Valencian
  • skvrna, uvidětCzech
  • få øje påDanish
  • Stelle, Fleck, Werbespot, Ort, BisschenGerman
  • βούλαGreek
  • makuloEsperanto
  • grano, mancha, ubicar, detectar, avistar, localizar, divisarSpanish
  • pikkupaikka, pilkku, näppylä, kohdevalo, tahra, spotti, täplä, näppy, huomataFinnish
  • bouton, peu, endroit, tache, détacher, s'apercevoir, trouver, repérer, détecter, tacherFrench
  • ionadScottish Gaelic
  • foltHungarian
  • titikIndonesian
  • makuleto, makuloIdo
  • foruncolo, macchia, brufoloItalian
  • לְזַהוֹתHebrew
  • ちょっと, 斑点, 斑, 場所, 染みJapanese
  • Korean
  • reclamespot, vlek, plek, straler, plaats, beetje, hap, spot, puist, lenen, vinden, maken, bevlekken, ontvlekken, spotten, matsen, bemerken, opmerkenDutch
  • sted, flekk, prikk, kvise, identifisere, oppdage, låneNorwegian
  • miejscePolish
  • lugar, mancha, lâmpada, pouco, identificar, [[remover]] [[uma]] [[mancha]], mancharPortuguese
  • patăRomanian
  • прыщик, подсветка, место, прожектор, пятно, заметить, взять в долг, оставить пятно, увидетьRussian
  • mrljaSerbo-Croatian
  • plats, fläck, prick, spotlight, fläcka ner, märka utSwedish
  • ஸ்பாட்Tamil
  • leke, spot, benekTurkish

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