sunspot
noun Date: 1868 any of the dark spots that appear at times on the sun's surface and are usually visible only through a telescope

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  • sunspot — sunspotted, adj. sunspottedness, n. /sun spot /, n. one of the relatively dark patches that appear periodically on the surface of the sun and affect terrestrial magnetism and certain other terrestrial phenomena. [1805 15; SUN + SPOT] * * * Cooler …   Universalium

  • sunspot — UK [ˈsʌnˌspɒt] / US [ˈsʌnˌspɑt] noun [countable] Word forms sunspot : singular sunspot plural sunspots 1) science a dark area on the surface of the sun 2) a very sunny place that is popular for holidays …   English dictionary

  • sunspot — /ˈsʌnspɒt / (say sunspot) noun 1. one of the relatively dark patches which appear periodically on the surface of the sun, and which have a certain effect on terrestrial magnetism and other terrestrial phenomena. Their appearance is spasmodic but… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Sunspot — Tache solaire Taches solaires Une tache solaire (anglais : sunspot) est une région sur la surface du Soleil (photosphère) qui est marquée par une température inférieure à son environnement et a une intense activité magnétique, qui inhibe la …   Wikipédia en Français

  • sunspot — Saulės dėmė statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. sunspot vok. Sonnenfleck, m rus. солнечное пятно, n pranc. tache solaire, f …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

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