spot
I. noun Etymology: Middle English; akin to Middle Dutch spotte stain, speck, Old Norse spotti small piece Date: 13th century 1. a taint on character or reputation ; fault <
the only spot on the family name
>
2. a. a small area visibly different (as in color, finish, or material) from the surrounding area b. (1) an area marred or marked (as by dirt) (2) a circumscribed surface lesion of disease (as measles) or decay <
spots of rot
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<
rust spots on a leaf
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c. a conventionalized design used on playing cards to distinguish the suits and indicate values 3. an object having a specified number of spots or a specified numeral on its surface 4. a small quantity or amount ; bit 5. a. a particular place, area, or part b. a small extent of space 6. plural usually spot a small croaker (Leiostomus xanthurus) of the Atlantic coast with a black spot behind the opercula 7. a. a particular position (as in an organization or a hierarchy) b. a place or appearance on an entertainment program 8. spotlight 9. a position usually of difficulty or embarrassment 10. a brief announcement or advertisement broadcast between scheduled radio or television programs 11. a brief segment or report on a broadcast especially of news II. verb (spotted; spotting) Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to stain the character or reputation of ; disgrace 2. to mark in or with a spot ; stain 3. to locate or identify by a spot 4. a. to single out ; identify; especially to note as a known criminal or a suspicious person b. detect, notice <
spot a mistake
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c. (1) to locate accurately <
spot an enemy position
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(2) to cause to strike accurately <
spot the battery's fire
>
5. a. to lie at intervals in or over ; stud b. to place at intervals or in a desired spot <
spot field telephones
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c. to fix in or as if in the beam of a spotlight d. to schedule in a particular spot or at a particular time 6. to remove a spot from 7. to allow as a handicap intransitive verb 1. to become stained or discolored in spots 2. to cause a spot 3. to act as a spotter; especially to locate targets 4. to experience abnormal and sporadic bleeding in small amounts from the uterus • spottable adjective III. adjective Date: 1881 1. a. being, originating, or done on the spot or in or for a particular spot <
spot coverage of the news
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b. available for immediate delivery after sale <
spot commodities
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c. (1) paid out upon delivery <
spot cash
>
(2) involving immediate cash payment <
a spot transaction
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d. (1) broadcast between scheduled programs <
spot announcements
>
(2) originating in a local station for a national advertiser e. performing occasionally when needed <
chance of making the…varsity as a spot starter and relief pitcher — N. Y. Times
>
2. made at random or restricted to a few places or instances <
a spot check
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; also selected at random or as a sample

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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