spot [spät]
[ME < or akin to MDu spotte, akin to ON spotti, small piece (of ground)]
1. a small area of different color or texture from the main area of which it is a part; often, a mark made by some foreign matter; stain, blot, speck, patch, etc.
a) any of the pips used on playing cards, dice, etc.
b) a playing card having (a specified number of) pips [the ten spot of spades]
3. a flaw or defect, as in character or reputation; something blameworthy; fault
a) a locality; place [a good fishing spot]
b) any small area or space
5. short for SPOTLIGHT
6. a small, edible, silvery, marine drum fish (Leiostomus xanthurus) of the W Atlantic with a black spot behind the gill cover
7. [Informal, Chiefly Brit.] a small quantity; bit [a spot of tea]
8. Informal position; situation; job
9. Informal position or place in a schedule or listing
10. Informal a spot advertisement or announcement
11. Informal the advantage or handicap given an opponent
12. Slang a nightclub
13. Slang a piece of paper money of a specified value [a ten spot]
spotted, spotting
1. to mark with spots
2. to sully; stain; blemish
3. to mark for future consideration
a) to place in or on a given spot or spots; locate [to spot men at strategic points]
b) Informal to put in a spot in a schedule or listing
5. to be located at various places in or on
6. to shine a spotlight on
7. to remove (individual spots, marks, etc.) as in dry cleaning
a) to pick out; detect; see; recognize [to spot someone in a crowd]
b) to determine the location of (a target, the enemy, etc.)
c) to correct the accuracy of (gunfire) for a gun crew
9. to observe and report on (plays) as a spotter in sports
10. Informal to allow as an advantage or handicap [to spot an opponent points]
1. to become marked with spots
2. to cause a spot or spots; make a stain, as ink, water, etc.
3. to act as a spotter, esp. for a gun crew or in sports
a) that can be paid out or delivered immediately; ready [spot cash]
b) involving immediate payment of cash
c) involving cash transactions only
2. made at random or according to an arbitrary sampling procedure [a spot survey]
3. inserted between regular radio or television programs [a spot advertisement or announcement]
change one's spots
Informal to alter one's fundamental or distinguishing beliefs, behavior, etc.
☆ hit the high spots
Informal to treat only the main points of a topic, as in a cursory discussion
hit the spot
Informal to satisfy a craving or need
☆ in a bad spot or in a spot
Slang in a bad situation; in trouble
on the spot
1. on or at the place mentioned
2. at once; immediately
3. Slang in trouble or difficulty
4. Slang in a position where something, as a reply, is expected of one
5. Slang in danger, esp. in danger of death by murder

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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