- 1A small round or roundish mark, differing in color or texture from the surface around it: ladybugs have black spots on their red wing coversMore example sentences
- Their fur, feathers and skins, wonderfully textured and coloured, the symmetry of the patterns they make and the exquisite arrays of stripes and spots are there to be emulated.
- These spots have raised centers that may develop on either surface of the leaf but are more common on the lower surface.
- Affected stems often have reddish-brown spots or streaks.
- 1.1A small mark or stain: a spot of mildew on the wallMore example sentences
- An infestation can sometimes be recognized by blood stains and dark spots of excreta.
- Here ink spots clearly are ink spots, and Kalina employs them in a carefree punctuation that sets up a joyful rhythm across the sheet.
- In his nervousness, he cut himself, standing back and watching the blood trickle down his cheek; a small spot settling on the collar of his shirt.
- 2A particular place or point: a nice secluded spot an ideal picnic spotMore example sentences
- He crawled, looking for a secluded spot like the Tall Soldier had.
- It's a wonder how all of this art, architecture and creativity ended up in such a secluded spot.
- Garbled details would be passed on by word of mouth and soon convoys of hatchbacks would head out for sunrise sessions in motorway service stations and picnic spots.
- 2.1 [with adjective] A small feature or part of something with a particular quality: his bald spot there was one bright spot in a night of dismal failureMore example sentences
- Finally, the one bright spot amongst the added features is a five-minute excerpt from the boys' appearance at the 1997 Cable Ace Awards.
- About the only bright spot is the colorful feature starring Lewis Van Dercar.
- One bright spot is simply that hard-core rap has knocked out such unmusical predecessors as heavy metal and punk.
- 2.2A position within a listing; a ranking: the runner-up spotMore example sentences
- But what I really find interesting is that Gosford Park took Black Hawk Down's spot.
- A few of their top picks (which I will not reveal, out of deference to the work they put into the analysis) went within two or three spots of the predicted order.
- A labor-union pioneer deserves a spot in baseball's Hall of Fame.
- 2.4A place for an individual item within a show: she couldn’t do her usual singing spot in the clubMore example sentences
position, place, slot, space
- The audio archives section contains radio spots and full songs related to the film.
- On the other side are the easily deluded, the ones who believe that a hit single or a television spot circumvents money to actually purchase happiness.
- Aardman has subsequently worked on a number of advertisements, the most distinctive of which are probably the Lurpak spots featuring a character made of butter named Douglas.
- 3 • informal , chiefly British A small amount of something: a spot of rainMore example sentences
- Davis brings a beautifully written character to life without a spot of bother, and she makes a wonderful addition to the Spaced cast.
- Treating me to a spot of food and a fresh coffee in the garden, he started to explain why you should choose to use your art to make political statements.
- It is not simply schoolchildren who benefit from a spot of Mozart.
- 4 [as modifier] Denoting a system of trading in which commodities or currencies are delivered and paid for immediately after a sale: trading in the spot markets the current spot priceMore example sentences
- The Detroit ethanol spot price data were obtained from Kapell.
- When that happened, Bass said, he told buyers to lower spot market bids.
- There is also a spot market, but no real-time pricing exists.
- 5 short for spotlight.
verb (spots, spotting, spotted)Back to top
- 1 [with object] See, notice, or recognize (someone or something) that is difficult to detect or that one is searching for: Andrew spotted the ad in the paper the men were spotted by policeMore example sentences
- Late that day one of the search crews spotted Doug's body in such rugged terrain they were unable to get to it before dark.
- I also spotted a fair amount of grain in the transfer.
- I like spotting the eel, who is very shy and hides under rocks.
- 1.1 (usually be spotted) Recognize that (someone) has a particular talent, especially for sports or show business: we were spotted by a talent scoutMore example sentences
- That is until a former talent scout for Newcastle United spots him while on holiday and insists he make the trip to trial for the Toon Army.
- Dumby's spectacular football prowess has been spotted by a city talent scout, which sets up the need for him to win Best Player in the final against a much stronger team.
- A record label sinks or swims on its A & R department's ability to spot hot new talent, and Grainge considers Cowell one of the best.
hit the spot
- • informal Be exactly what is required: the cup of coffee hit the spotMore example sentences
- It's the pride and sense of achievement in that last line that hits the spot.
- It hits the spot when I'm in the mood for a creamy, fruity, snack.
- When it's good, it hits the spot in perfect fashion.
in a spot
- • informal In a difficult situation.More example sentences
- So if you start maxing out your loan now, you might find yourself in a spot three years on, if if reverses the policy and you're left with a gigantic, interest-accruing loan.
on the spot
- 1Without any delay; immediately: he offered me the job on the spotMore example sentences
- Rider Strong nailed the audition with no direction whatsoever, and won the job on the spot.
- They were offered jobs with his company on the spot.
- When he displays his handiness with a temperamental car, he is offered a job on the spot.
- 2At the scene of an action or event: journalists on the spot reported no progressMore example sentences
- The camera provides a sharp, close-up view for the remote physician that is actually superior to what the doctor on the spot can get using his own unaided vision.
- Soon after, Bartley and O'Briain were on the spot when the march approached the palace, and snipers suddenly opened fire on the Chávez supporters.
- However, you get to meet luminaries of the opera world, work with fine, like-minded colleagues and are on the spot when opportunities arise.
put someone on the spot
- • informal Force someone into a situation in which they must make a difficult decision or answer a difficult question.More example sentences
- It's hard for her to hear me say that, but if I am put on the spot and asked a difficult question, I'll answer it.
- I have never had a student who asked so many questions, who put me on the spot so much, who insisted on understanding every detail of every subject.
- I had been silent for most of the lesson until Peter, the teacher, put me on the spot and asked me a question.
Middle English: perhaps from Middle Dutch spotte. The sense 'notice, recognize' arose from the early 19th-century slang use 'note as a suspect or criminal'.