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Definition of hotspot in English:

noun

1A small area with a relatively high temperature in comparison to its surroundings: the gas flame spreads over the entire grilling area to eliminate hot spots
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  • 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…
1.1 Geology An area of volcanic activity.
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  • 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, danger, or violence: they identified eight pollution hotspots at the mouth of the Thames while some were caught in the cross-fire at various political hotspots, most victims were targeted and killed teams will patrol anti-social behaviour hotspots in all parts of the borough
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  • 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.
3A popular place of entertainment: treat your clients to a cocktail at one of the following hotspots
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  • He has made a habit of being caught on camera the worse for wear outside London hot spots in the early hours and has also admitted using cocaine.
  • For Tiffin the good life is not swanking around the hot spots of London clubland but a chance to put on the wellies and head for his allotment.
  • A recent Wednesday night at Incontro drew a crowd that a downtown Boston hotspot would envy.
4An area on a computer screen which can be clicked to activate a function, especially an image or piece of text acting as a hyperlink.
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  • 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.
4.1A public place where a wireless signal is made available so that the Internet can be accessed.
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  • 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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