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spot

English

Etymology

From Middle English spot, spotte, partially from Middle Dutch spotte (spot, speck), and partially merging with Middle English splot, from Old English splott (spot, plot of land). Cognate with North Frisian spot (speck, piece of ground), Low German spot (speck), Old Norse spotti (small piece). See also splot, splotch.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /sp?t/
  • Rhymes: -?t
  • (US) IPA(key): /sp?t/

Noun

spot (plural spots)

  1. 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.
    Why do ladybugs have spots?
  2. A stain or disfiguring mark.
    I have tried everything, and I can’t get this spot out.
  3. A pimple, papule or pustule.
    That morning, I saw that a spot had come up on my chin.
    I think she's got chicken pox; she's covered in spots.
  4. A small, unspecified amount or quantity.
    Would you like to come round on Sunday for a spot of lunch?
  5. (slang, US) 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. A location or area.
    I like to eat lunch in a pleasant spot outside.
    For our anniversary we went back to the same spot where we first met.
    • 1800, William Wordsworth, Hart-leap Well
      "A jolly place," said he, "in times of old! / But something ails it now: the spot is curs'd."
    • 2011, Tom Fordyce, Rugby World Cup 2011: England 12-19 France [1]
      Yachvilli made it 6-0 with a second sweet strike from 45 metres after Matt Stevens was penalised for collapsing a scrum, and then slid another penalty just wide from the same spot.
  7. A parking space.
  8. (sports) An official determination of placement.
    The fans were very unhappy with the referee's spot of the ball.
  9. A bright lamp; a spotlight.
  10. (US, advertising) A brief advertisement or program segment on television.
    Did you see the spot on the news about the shoelace factory?
  11. Difficult situation; predicament.
    She was in a real spot when she ran into her separated husband while on a date.
  12. (gymnastics, dance, weightlifting) One who spots (supports or assists a maneuver, or is prepared to assist if safety dictates); a spotter.
  13. (soccer) Penalty spot.
  14. The act of spotting or noticing something.
    - You've misspelled "terrapin" here.
    - Whoops. Good spot.
  15. A variety of the common domestic pigeon, so called from a spot on its head just above the beak.
  16. A food fish (Leiostomus xanthurus) of the Atlantic coast of the United States, with a black spot behind the shoulders and fifteen oblique dark bars on the sides.
  17. The southern redfish, or red horse (Sciaenops ocellatus), which has a spot on each side at the base of the tail.
  18. (in the plural, brokers' slang, dated) Commodities, such as merchandise and cotton, sold for immediate delivery.
  19. An autosoliton.
  20. (finance) A decimal point; point.
    Twelve spot two five pounds sterling. (ie. £12.25)
  21. Any of various points marked on the table, from which balls are played, in snooker, pool, billiards, etc.
  22. Any of the balls marked with spots in the game of pool, which one player aims to pot, the other player taking the stripes.

Hyponyms

  • sitspot
  • shot spot
  • sweet spot

Derived terms

Descendants

  • ? Catalan: espot

Translations

Verb

spot (third-person singular simple present spots, present participle spotting, simple past and past participle spotted)

  1. (transitive) To see, find; to pick out, notice, locate, distinguish or identify.
  2. (finance) To loan a small amount of money to someone.
    I’ll spot you ten dollars for lunch.
  3. (transitive, intransitive) To stain; to leave a spot (on).
    Hard water will spot if it is left on a surface.
    a garment spotted with mould
  4. To remove, or attempt to remove, a stain.
    I spotted the carpet where the child dropped spaghetti.
  5. To retouch a photograph on film to remove minor flaws.
  6. (gymnastics, dance, weightlifting, climbing) To support or assist a maneuver, or to be prepared to assist if safety dictates.
    I can’t do a back handspring unless somebody spots me.
  7. (dance) To keep the head and eyes pointing in a single direction while turning.
    Most figure skaters do not spot their turns like dancers do.
  8. To stain; to blemish; to taint; to disgrace; to tarnish, as reputation.
    • Link not me in self same chain With the wicked-working folk, Who their spotted thoughts do cloak.
    • If ever I shall close these eyes but once, / May I live spotted for my perjury.
  9. To cut or chip (timber) in preparation for hewing.
  10. To place an object at a location indicated by a spot. Notably in billiards or snooker.
    The referee had to spot the pink on the blue spot.

Translations

Adjective

spot (not comparable)

  1. (commerce, finance) Available on the spot; for immediate payment or delivery.
    spot wheat; spot cash; a spot contract

Translations

Anagrams

  • OTPs, POST, POTS, PTOs, Post, TPOs, opts, post, post-, post., pots, stop, tops

Danish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [?sb??d?]

Etymology 1

From the verb spotte (to mock). Compare Old Norse spottr, German Spott.

Noun

spot c (singular definite spotten, not used in plural form)

  1. mockery, ridicule
    • 2013, Jan Guillou, Vejen til Jerusalem, Modtryk ?ISBN
      Men at også den anden søn savnede alle mandlige dyder, var straks værre og gjorde spotten større.
      But that the other son, too, lacked all male virtues, was much worse and enlarged the mockery.
    • 2010, Tove Ditlevsen, Man gjorde et barn fortræd, Gyldendal A/S ?ISBN
      Hun havde råd til at smile igen, så ligegyldig var deres spot hende.
      She could afford to smile back, that was how little she cared about their ridicule.
    • 2015, Jørgen Christensen, Muhammed-tegningerne, demokratiet og sikkerhedspolitikken, BoD – Books on Demand ?ISBN, page 9
      I artiklen skrev kulturredaktør Flemming Rose bl.a., at muslimer måtte acceptere, at deres religiøse følelser blev udsat for hån, spot og latterliggørelse[sic]:...
      In the article, editor of culture Flemming Rose wrote, among other things, that muslims had to accept their religious feelings being made the object of mockery, derision and ridicule:...
    • 2014, Fjodor M. Dostojevskij, Minder fra dødens hus, Bechs Forlag - Viatone ?ISBN
      Først sporede man hos alle en heftig forbitrelse, derefter en dyb nedslåethed, og endelig syntes al sindsbevægelse at vige pladsen for hoverende spot.
      At first, one saw with everyone a hefty bitterness, then a deep sadness, and finally, all emotion seemed to recede, making way for gloating mockery.
Inflection

Etymology 2

From English spot.

Noun

spot c or n (singular definite spotten or spottet, plural indefinite spot or spots)

  1. spotlight
    • 1982, Lene H. Bagger, Idioterne, p. 179
      I millisekundet hvor lyset satte spots på hendes uforberedte ansigt, røbede det hende
      In the short moment when the light turned the spotlight on her unprepared face, it revealed her
  2. spot (short advertisement in radio or TV)
    • 2012, Jyllands-Posten
      Lego meddeler, at deres juleomsætning overgik alle forventninger på grund af spottene i TV 2
      LEGO informs that their Christmas sale surpassed all expectations due to the spots on TV 2
Inflection

Etymology 3

See the etymology of the main entry.

Verb

spot

  1. imperative of spotte

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /sp?t/
  • Rhymes: -?t

Etymology 1

From Middle Dutch spot, from Old Dutch *spot, from Proto-Germanic *spuþþaz.

Noun

spot m (uncountable)

  1. mockery
    Synonyms: spotternij, plagerij, pesterij

Etymology 2

Borrowed from English spot.

Noun

spot m (plural spots, diminutive spotje n)

  1. spot; a spotlight.
  2. spot; a brief segment on television.

Anagrams

  • post, stop

French

Etymology

Borrowed from English spot.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /sp?t/

Noun

spot m (plural spots)

  1. (physics) light spot
  2. blip (on radar)
  3. (cinematography, theater) spotlight, spot
  4. (surfing) area
  5. (television) spot; a brief segment on television.

Further reading

  • “spot” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Anagrams

  • pots, stop

Indonesian

Etymology

From English spot.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [?sp?t]
  • Hyphenation: spot

Noun

spot

  1. (colloquial) spot, a location or area.

Further reading

  • “spot” in Kamus Besar Bahasa Indonesia (KBBI) Daring, Jakarta: Badan Pengembangan dan Pembinaan Bahasa, Kementerian Pendidikan dan Kebudayaan Republik Indonesia, 2016.

Italian

Etymology

From English spot.

Noun

spot m (invariable)

  1. spot (theatrical light; luminous point; brief radio or TV advertisment)

Anagrams

  • post, stop

Further reading

  • spot in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana

Middle Dutch

Etymology

From Old Dutch *spot, from Proto-Germanic *sputtaz.

Noun

spot m or n

  1. joke, jest
  2. mockery, derision

Inflection

This noun needs an inflection-table template.

Derived terms

  • spotten

Descendants

  • Dutch: spot

Further reading

  • “spot”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000
  • Verwijs, E.; Verdam, J. (1885–1929) , “spot”, in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek, The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, ?ISBN

Polish

Etymology

Borrowed from English spot (brief advertisement).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /sp?t/

Noun

spot m inan

  1. (neologism) spot, a short broadcast in television

Usage notes

Used for all short informational and promotional broadcasts, such as public service announcements, social campaigns, election ads and advertisements. The native counterpart reklama is restricted to advertisements.

Declension


Scottish Gaelic

Noun

spot m (genitive singular spoit, plural spotan)

  1. spot, stain
  2. spot, place

Synonyms

  • (place): bad

Derived terms

  • spot dall

Spanish

Noun

spot m (plural spots)

  1. advert, ad

Tok Pisin

Etymology

From English sport.

Noun

spot

  1. sport

Volapük

Noun

spot (nominative plural spots)

  1. sport

Declension

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spot in Examples From Wordnik

  • This description implies the assemblage of strangers from all parts in one spot; -- _from all parts_; else, how will you find professors and students for every department of knowledge? and _in one spot_; else, how can there be any school at all?
  • Or (if the elastic cord has already been fastened) we may remove the eye-tube and shift the telescope-tube about -- the direction in which the sun lies being roughly known -- until we see the spot of light received down the telescope's axis grow brighter and brighter and finally become a _spot of sun-light_.
  • So in case you're wondering how all the other lovely ladies fared, here's a break-up of the runners-up to the title spot!
  • He further said that Chelsea will make a strong comeback to gain the title spot back.
  • He further said that Chelsea will make a strong comeback to gain the title spot back.
  • More specifically. briandonnelly @MaileShoul Oh there is one in the house - took the title spot from Tori Spelling's novella. delicacy Tori Spelling @ 7th Anniversary Of Belle Gray Boutique
  • I think the term spot reduction was created in order to try to market various fitness or fat loss products.
  • Here, in a Toussaint arrangement that is the soul of the term spot-on, trumpeter Nicholas Payton shows just how deeply he understands this happy, jaunty number in a free, easy, yet deceptively commanding performance of the song's famous changes.
  • Kemmerer clinched his title spot on Saturday with a 1-0 decision over Western State College's Marques Bravo, using an escape in the second tiebreaker.
  • Outside of the $1.60 an hour trying to find a spot is a PITA as well.


infamy

English

Etymology

From late Middle English infamie, from Old French infamie, from Latin ?nf?mia (infamy), from ?nf?mis (infamous), from in- (not) + f?ma (fame, renown). Displaced native Old English unhl?sa.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /??nf?mi/
  • Hyphenation: in?fa?my

Noun

infamy (countable and uncountable, plural infamies)

  1. The state of being infamous.
  2. A reputation as being evil.
    • December 8, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Infamy Speech, [1]
      Yesterday, December seventh, 1941, a date which will live in infamy, the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
  3. A reprehensible occurrence or situation.
  4. (law) A stigma attaching to a person's character that disqualifies them from being a witness.

Related terms

  • fame
  • infamous

Translations

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infamy in Examples From Wordnik

  • The 99 Republicans who voted aye should know that Herbert Hoover's name lives in infamy for erecting them.
  • On other fronts, condemning the 3L student for trusting her supposed friends not to subject her to web infamy is cynicism gone toxic.
  • That name will live in infamy for as long as the US continues to exist; the most unintelligible moron to ever foul the Oval Office, as well as the worst president in US history.
  • November 4, 2008 is a day that will go down in infamy as the day the American people, unbeknownst to them, elected the FIRST MARXIST SOCIALIST government in the history of the United States
  • The spectacular mistiming of his own 2001 memoir, Fugitive Days, doomed the book to short-term infamy and long-term obscurity.
  • It came two days after Independence Day, a date held in infamy in one of the angrier books and movies about Vietnam, Ron Kovic's "Born on the Fourth of July."
  • These kids were about 9 or 10 years old on September 11, 2001, the morning that “will live in infamy” for those who came of age in the 21st century.
  • These kids were about 9 or 10 years old on September 11, 2001, the morning that “will live in infamy” for those who came of age in the 21st century.
  • The spectacular mistiming of his own 2001 memoir, Fugitive Days, doomed the book to short-term infamy and long-term obscurity.
  • This quote from former Sci-Fi Channel co-founder, Tim Brooks, will live forever in infamy, as he fails in epic fashion to justify the new name for the Syphilis Channel.

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