Definition of hot spot in English:

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hot spot

(also hotspot)


1A small area or region with a relatively hot temperature in comparison to its surroundings.
Example sentences
  • Such were the extremes of temperature that hot spots in the building were still smoking more than 24 hours after the fire broke out.
  • Dr Preece and his team said the unexplained hot spots in an area of the brain behind the left ear could be due to two causes.
  • Hot spots Scan A shows hot spots (dark areas) in both knees, a sign of arthritis…
1.1A very hot and dry place where a fire is likely to start, or where a fire has been burning: most of the fires were out Monday, but crews were still watching for hot spots
1.2 Geology An area of volcanic activity, especially where this is isolated.
Example sentences
  • Put the question to a group of geologists and they'll mention plate tectonics and volcanic hot spots.
  • In the oceans, characteristic fringing reefs develop around the volcanic islands surmounting hot spots, as in Hawaii, or the mid-oceanic ridges.
  • After the crust moves off the hot spot, the volcanic activity stops.
2A place of significant activity or danger: a hot spot of commerce they identified eight pollution hotspots at the mouth of the Thames
More example sentences
  • The sergeant fields complaints from businesses, keeps an eye out for felons and new faces on the street, and makes sure that certain hot spots are kept relatively clear.
  • Popular hot spots in the Keighley area are already boasting an increase in interest, which reflects a survey carried out by the Country Land and Business Association.
  • It is being used in a more intelligence-driven manner, targeting crime hot spots and poorer areas where such crime is more prevalent.
dangerous place, trouble spot, problem area
2.1A popular place of entertainment: she knew all the Manhattan hot spots for classy blues and retro jazz
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  • The story begins at Steffans' darkest moment in the bathroom of a Beverly Hills hotspot.
  • A scenic bus ride will take attendees to this Texas hotspot, an ideal setting for a festive event.
  • Universal Studios is nearby and plenty of tours can guide them around all the star-studded hotspots of Hollywood.
3An area on a computer screen that can be clicked to activate a function.
Example sentences
  • The interface has some problems - it is sloppy with its cursor hot spots, and the save and load screens are about as vanilla as you can get - but overall it gets the job done.
  • The cursor, which is used as the hot spot of the computer, is normally offset above the contact area except when the contact area is close to the bottom of the screen.
  • ‘When we get into hot spot problems on file servers, the renderfarm makes a denial-of-service attack on our file servers’, says Thompson.
3.1A public place with an available wireless signal for Internet access.
Example sentences
  • In New York City, Bryant Park is an outdoor Wi-Fi hot spot.
  • No more pounding the streets from pub to pub, looking for that all-important WiFi hot spot to connect you to the web.
  • The building is filled with Wi-Fi hot spots for people to connect their laptops to the Internet.

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Syllabification: hot spot

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