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Definition of Spot


  1. Lit., being on the spot, or place;
  2. on hand for immediate delivery after sale; -- said of commodities; as, spot wheat.
  3. A mark on a substance or body made by foreign matter; a blot; a place discolored.
  4. A stain on character or reputation; something that soils purity; disgrace; reproach; fault; blemish.
  5. 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.
  6. A small extent of space; a place; any particular place.
  7. A variety of the common domestic pigeon, so called from a spot on its head just above its beak.
  8. 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.
  9. The southern redfish, or red horse, which has a spot on each side at the base of the tail. See Redfish.
  10. Commodities, as merchandise and cotton, sold for immediate delivery.
  11. 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.
  12. To mark or note so as to insure recognition; to recognize; to detect; as, to spot a criminal.
  13. To stain; to blemish; to taint; to disgrace; to tarnish, as reputation; to asperse.
  14. To become stained with spots.

Spot Quotations

Some painters transform the sun into a yellow spot, others transform a yellow spot into the sun.
Pablo Picasso

There's a bright spot in every dark cloud.
Bruce Beresford

We may be surprised at the people we find in heaven. God has a soft spot for sinners. His standards are quite low.
Desmond Tutu

As people are walking all the time, in the same spot, a path appears. - John Locke
As people are walking all the time, in the same spot, a path appears.
John Locke

It will be the mother of all telescopes, and you can bet it will do for astronomy what genome sequencing is doing for biology. The clumsy, if utilitarian, name of this mirrored monster is Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, or LSST. You can't use it yet, but a peak in the Chilean Andes has been decapitated to provide a level spot for placement.
Seth Shostak
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Spot Translations

spot in Afrikaans is punt, plek
spot in Danish is punkt, plet, sted, plads
spot in Dutch is ruimte, lokaliteit, oord, plaats
spot in Finnish is tahra, piste, paikka
spot in German is Fleck, Platz, sehen, entdecken
spot in Italian is posto, macchia
spot in Latin is punctum
spot in Norwegian is plass, punkt
spot in Portuguese is ponto
spot in Spanish is mancha, punto, mancilla
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