What does spot mean?

Definitions for spotspɒt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word spot.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. topographic point, place, spot(noun)

    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. spot(noun)

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

  3. point, spot(noun)

    an outstanding characteristic

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

  4. smudge, spot, blot, daub, smear, smirch, slur(noun)

    a blemish made by dirt

    "he had a smudge on his cheek"

  5. spot, speckle, dapple, patch, fleck, maculation(noun)

    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. spot(noun)

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

    "they changed his spot on the program"

  7. spot(noun)

    a business establishment for entertainment

    "night spot"

  8. position, post, berth, office, spot, billet, place, situation(noun)

    a job in an organization

    "he occupied a post in the treasury"

  9. touch, spot(noun)

    a slight attack of illness

    "he has a touch of rheumatism"

  10. spot, bit(noun)

    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, pip(noun)

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

  12. spotlight, spot(noun)

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

  13. spot(noun)

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

    "an eight-spot"

  14. blot, smear, smirch, spot, stain(verb)

    an act that brings discredit to the person who does it

    "he made a huge blot on his copybook"

  15. descry, spot, espy, spy(verb)

    catch sight of

  16. spot, recognize, recognise, distinguish, discern, pick out, make out, tell apart(verb)

    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, spot(verb)

    mar or impair with a flaw

    "her face was blemished"

  18. spot, fleck, blob, blot(verb)

    make a spot or mark onto

    "The wine spotted the tablecloth"

  19. spot(verb)

    become spotted

    "This dress spots quickly"

  20. spot(verb)

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

    "spot the areas that one should clearly identify"


  1. spot(Noun)

    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. spot(Noun)

    A stain or disfiguring mark.

    I have tried everything, and I canu2019t get this spot out.

  3. spot(Noun)

    A pimple, papule or pustule.

  4. spot(Noun)

    A small, unspecified amount or quantity.

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

  5. spot(Noun)

    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. spot(Noun)

    A location or area.

  7. spot(Noun)

    A parking space.

  8. spot(Noun)

    An official determination of placement.

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

  9. spot(Noun)

    A bright lamp; a spotlight.

  10. spot(Verb)

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

    Try to spot the differences between these two entries.

  11. spot(Verb)

    To loan a small amount of money to someone.

    Iu2019ll spot you ten dollars for lunch.

  12. spot(Verb)

    To stain; to leave a spot.

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

  13. spot(Verb)

    To remove, or attempt to remove, a stain.

    I spotted the carpet where the child dropped spaghetti.

  14. spot(Verb)

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

    I canu2019t do a back handspring unless somebody spots me.

  15. spot(Verb)

    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. spot(Noun)

    A brief advertisement or program segment on television.

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

  17. spot(Noun)

    Difficult situation; predicament

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

  18. spot(Noun)

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

  19. spot(Noun)

    penalty kick

  20. Spot(ProperNoun)

    A popular given name for a dog.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spot(noun)

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

  2. Spot(noun)

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

  3. Spot(noun)

    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. Spot(noun)

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

  5. Spot(noun)

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

  6. Spot(noun)

    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. Spot(noun)

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

  8. Spot(noun)

    commodities, as merchandise and cotton, sold for immediate delivery

  9. Spot(verb)

    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. Spot(verb)

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

  11. Spot(verb)

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

  12. Spot(verb)

    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. opts, post, POST, pots, POTS, stop, tops

  2. stop

  3. opts

  4. post, POST

  5. pots, POTS

  6. tops


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Person:

    X Marks the spot

  2. Rob Glownia:

    MLPs are in a good spot.

  3. William Shakespeare:

    Out, damned spot out, I say

  4. William Shakespeare, "Macbeth", Act 5 scene 1:

    Out, damned spot! out, I say!

  5. Rose Hamid:

    I chose that spot strategically.

Images & Illustrations of spot

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Translations for spot

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • بقعةArabic
  • tacaCatalan, Valencian
  • skvrna, uvidětCzech
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • leke, spot, benekTurkish

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