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Spot appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • Hassock hassock, black spotted hassock. Black spot on a black back of a black spotted hassock.
  • Give me the gift of a grip-top sock,
    A clip drape shipshape tip top sock.
    Not your spinslick slapstick slipshod stock,
    But a plastic, elastic grip-top sock.
    None of your fantastic slack swap slop
    From a slap dash flash cash haberdash shop.
    Not a knick knack knitlock knockneed knickerbocker sock
    With a mock-shot blob-mottled trick-ticker top clock.
    Not a supersheet seersucker rucksack sock,
    Not a spot-speckled frog-freckled cheap sheik's sock
    Off a hodge-podge moss-blotched scotch-botched block.
    Nothing slipshod drip drop flip flop or glip glop
    Tip me to a tip top grip top sock.
    (articulation warmup for actors)

Spot appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • top spot
  • Laptops spot pal.
  • Spot pal's laptops.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun spot:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb spot:


Spot is sometimes a misspelling of sport.

The word spot is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun spot

What does spot mean as a name of something?

Spot is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: spots

  1. a point located with respect to surface features of some region
    • example: a bright spot on a planet
    • lexical domain: Locations - nouns denoting spatial position
    • synonyms of spot: place / topographic point
    • more generic word: point = the precise location of something
    • more specific terms:
  2. a short section or illustration (as between radio or tv programs or in a magazine) that is often used for advertising
  3. an outstanding characteristic
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of spot: point
    • more generic word: characteristic = a distinguishing quality
  4. a blemish made by dirt
  5. a small contrasting part of something
    • examples: a bald spot | a leopard's spots
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of spot: dapple / fleck / maculation / patch / speckle
    • more generic word: marking = a pattern of marks
    • more specific terms:
      • pinpoint / speck = a very small spot
      • nebula = a faint cloudy spot on the cornea
      • splash = a patch of bright color
      • worn spot / fret = a spot that has been worn away by abrasion or erosion
      • plaque = a small abnormal patch on or inside the body
      • macula / macule = a patch of skin that is discolored but not usually elevated
      • parhelion / mock sun / sundog = a bright spot on the parhelic circle
      • sunspot / macula = a cooler darker spot appearing periodically on the sun's photosphere
      • solar facula / facula = a large bright spot on the sun's photosphere occurring most frequently in the vicinity of sunspots
      • facula = a bright spot on a planet
  6. a section of an entertainment that is assigned to a specific performer or performance
    • example: they changed his spot on the program
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic words: section / subdivision = a self-contained part of a larger composition
  7. a business establishment for entertainment
    • example: night spot
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic terms: business establishment / place of business = an establishment (a factory or an assembly plant or retail store or warehouse etc.) where business is conducted, goods are made or stored or processed or where services are rendered
    • more specific terms:
      • night club / nightclub / nightspot / cabaret / club = a spot that is open late at night and that provides entertainment (as singers or dancers) as well as dancing and food and drink
      • clip joint = a place of entertainment where high prices are charged for poor entertainment
      • hot spot / hotspot = a lively entertainment spot
      • joint = a disreputable place of entertainment
  8. a job in an organization
  9. a slight attack of illness
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of spot: touch
    • more generic word: attack = a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition
  10. a small piece or quantity of something
  11. a mark on a die or on a playing card (shape depending on the suit)
  12. a lamp that produces a strong beam of light to illuminate a restricted area; used to focus attention of a stage performer
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of spot: spotlight
    • more generic word: lamp = an artificial source of visible illumination
    • member of: theater light = any of various lights used in a theater
  13. a playing card with a specified number of pips on it to indicate its value
    • example: an eight-spot
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic term: playing card = one of a pack of cards that are used to play card games
    • more specific words:
      • eight-spot / eight = one of four playing cards in a deck with eight pips on the face
      • five-spot / five = a playing card or a domino or a die whose upward face shows five pips
      • four-spot / four = a playing card or domino or die whose upward face shows four pips
      • nine-spot / nine = one of four playing cards in a deck with nine pips on the face
      • seven-spot / seven = one of four playing cards in a deck with seven pips on the face
      • six-spot / six = a playing card or domino or die whose upward face shows six pips
      • ten-spot / ten = one of four playing cards in a deck with ten pips on the face
  14. an act that brings discredit to the person who does it
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of spot: blot / smear / smirch / stain
    • more generic words: error / fault / mistake = a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention

Alternative definition of the noun spot


  1. A round or irregular patch on the surface of a thing having a different color, texture etc. and generally round in shape.
  2. A stain or disfiguring mark.
  3. A pimple, papule or pustule.
  4. A small, unspecified amount or quantity.
  5. [slang, US] A bill of five-dollar or ten-dollar denomination in dollars.
  6. A location or area.
  7. [sports] An official determination of placement.
  8. A bright lamp; a spotlight.
  9. [US, advertising] A brief advertisement or program segment on television.
  10. Difficult situation; predicament
  11. [context: gymnastics, dance, weightlifting] One who spots (supports or assists a maneuver, or is prepared to assist if safety dictates); a spotter
  12. [soccer] penalty kick

Specialised definition of the noun spot

Glossary of sports

any of the six marked points on the table on which the colours are placed at the start of a frame and after they are potted while y there are still reds on the table (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / American football

a location on the field, determined by an official, to mark forward progress or the place of a foul

Definition of the verb spot

What does spot mean as a doing word?

Spot is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: spotted, spotting

  1. catch sight of
  2. detect with the senses
  3. mar or impair with a flaw
  4. make a spot or mark onto
  5. become spotted
  6. mark with a spot or spots so as to allow easy recognition
    • example: spot the areas that one should clearly identify
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 2
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: mark = make or leave a mark on
    • more specific words:

Specialised definition of the verb spot

Glossary of sports

to watch someone performing an exercise (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

to identify someone, especially a performer, as having a promising talent worthy of being developed to a high, often professional standard (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / billiards

if a referee spots a colour, he places it back on its spot after it has been potted (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)


  1. Spot, is a record producer best known for being the house producer and engineer for the influential independent punk record label SST Records. He recorded, mixed, produced or co-produced most of SST's pivotal acts between 1979 and 1985. He is credited on albums by such notable bands as Black Flag, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Hüsker Dü, Saint Vitus, Descendents, Minor Threat, Misfits, Big Boys and The Dicks. Spot has also produced several acts outside of SST and started his own label, No Auditions, in 1987. An accomplished musician and multi-instrumentalist, Spot later retired from producing to concentrate on performing, releasing his own material on No Auditions and, in 2000, on Upland Records. He also played fidola on This Bike Is A Pipe Bomb's "Dance Party With...".
    • also known as Glen Lockett, Glen "Spot" Lockett
    • born in (65 years ago)
    • nationality: United States of America
    • profession: Record producer, engineer
    • member of musical group Black Flag (Bass) between and
  2. Spot is an American rapper.
  3. Spot is a musical artist.

There are other people with in their name, like Spot Poles, Ninian Spot, Moondog Spot and Wulfric Spot.


Spot is a musical group.

  • album: "Spot"


Spot is a restaurant.


  1. The Spot is a fictional character, a comic book supervillain in the Marvel Comics universe and appearing as an enemy of Spider-Man and Daredevil.
  2. Spot is fictional character from the television program UFO Ultramaiden Valkyrie.
    • also known as Spottenheim, Shirokenhaimu, Shiro
  3. Spot: In the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, Spot is Data's pet cat and a recurring character. Spot is not actually spot. Spot appears in several episodes during TNGs last four seasons, first appearing in "Data's Day". Spot also appears in Star Trek: Generations and Star Trek: Nemesis.
  4. Spot is a fictional character from the 2012 film The Magic of Belle Isle.
  5. Spot is a fictional character of Disney's 101 Dalmatians: The Series.
  6. Spot is a fictional character from the 2002 film Rolie Polie Olie: The Great Defender of Fun.
  7. Spot is a fictional character from the 2012 film Junction.
  8. Spot is a fictional film character.

There are other characters with in their name, like Hot Spot, hot-spot, ten-spot, Spot Welder, Spot-Welder and Spot the Dog.


"Spot" is a book written by Todd Tuttle.

  • genre: Children's literature
  • released in (15 years ago)
  • award: - Lambda Literary Award for Children's/Young Adult nomination for Todd Tuttle


"Spot" a.k.a. "Dogpound Shuffle" is a 1975 comedy film written and directed by Jeffrey Bloom and starring David Soul and Ron Moody.


"Spot" is a video game.

  • genre: Strategy video game
  • publishers: Code Works, The


  1. Spot is an annual music festival in the city of Århus, Denmark, showcasing up-and-coming Danish and Scandinavian talent. Around one hundred artists and bands from most genres of contemporary popular music - such as rock, hip hop, electronic music - play various stages in and around the Århus theatre and music venue, Musikhuset. Around 800 people attend, according to the official web site.
  2. "Spot" (1993) is an album by the industrial and synthpop band, And One.
    • genre: Synthpop
    • released on (22 years ago)
  3. "Spot" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  4. "Spot" is a musical album of Spot.


SPOT a.k.a. The Skatepark of Tampa is a skatepark in Tampa, Florida, USA. It is considered one of the top skateboarding venues on the East Coast of the United States. The name is often abbreviated as SPoT, and it is well known for its annual Tampa Am and Tampa Pro competitions.


  1. SPOT is a commercial high-resolution optical imaging Earth observation satellite system operating from space. It is run by Spot Image, based in Toulouse, France. It was initiated by the CNES in the 1970s and was developed in association with the SSTC and the Swedish National Space Board. It has been designed to improve the knowledge and management of the Earth by exploring the Earth's resources, detecting and forecasting phenomena involving climatology and oceanography, and monitoring human activities and natural phenomena. The SPOT system includes a series of satellites and ground control resources for satellite control and programming, image production, and distribution. Earlier satellites were launched using the European Space Agency's Ariane 2, 3, and 4 rockets, while SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 were launched by the Indian PSLV.
    • also known as SPOT卫星
  2. spoT is a gene.
  3. SpoT is a bacterial protein that hydrolizes alarmones, ppGpp, in the bacterial stringent response. Its hydrolase activity is Mn2+-dependent with a conserved His-Asp motif. In E. coli, SpoT protein consists of 693 amino acids. SpoT belongs to the RSH protein family. It is bifunctional, has both hydrolase and synthase activities. When relA is deleted, E. coli still can produce ppGpp by SpoT.
  4. spoT is a genomic locus.

Phrases with Spot

Phrases starting with the word Spot:

  1. Spot On
  2. Spot-on
  3. spot jam
  4. Spot Pom
  5. Spot-Red

Phrases ending with the word Spot:

  1. G-Spot
  2. to spot
  3. hot spot
  4. oil spot
  5. one-spot
  6. six-spot
  7. ten-spot
  8. Blue Spot
  9. Cold spot
  10. five-spot
  11. four-spot
  12. halo spot
  13. high spot
  14. Leaf spot
  15. nine-spot

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Google previewThe imperial guide, with picturesque plans of the great post-roads (1802)

by James Baker (topographer.)

The church hath some handsome specimens of architecture, and near the same spot is an hospital, first founded by one of the abbots of the monastery above named, for poor men. Here was formerly a convent of black nuns, founded in the ...

Google previewHelp, I'm Rich! (2014)

Your Compass to a Value-Adding Private Banking Experience by Kees Stoute

FX spot means that you buy at today's exchange rate. • FX forward. The main difference from FX spot is that in the case d of the FX forward the FX transaction does not take place today at today's rate but at a future agreed date against an ...

Google previewAnatomy and Physiology Workbook For Dummies (2014)

by Janet Rae-Dupree, Pat DuPree

The eye's blind spot is a result of the absence of photoreceptors in the area of the retina where the optic nerve leaves the...

Google previewEssentials of Radiographic Physics and Imaging - E-Book (2013)

by James Johnston, Terri L. Fauber

The actual focal spot is the area being bombarded by the filament electrons. The size of the electron stream depends on the size of the filament. The smaller this stream, the greater the heat generated in a small area; therefore it is desirable to ...

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

SPOT, n. spot [Dut. spatten, to bespatter or splash; spat, ...

Google previewDictionary of Financial Risk Management (1999)

by Gary L. Gastineau, Mark P. Kritzman

Spot Deferred Contract: A forward contract that gives the seller the option to roll the contract forward rather than make...

Spot Exchange Rate: The exchange rate at which one currency can be exchanged for another at the present time as ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Finance (2006)

by Cheng-Few Lee

spot yield curve is the scattered plot of the yield to maturity against the maturity for all the STRIPS bonds. Since the spot yield curve is a representation of the time value of money, and the time value of money is related to the time-to-horizon in a ...

Google previewDictionary of Insect Morphology (1999)

by Henrik Steinmann, Lajos Zombori

any large coloured spot of irregular outline on the surface or the body; 2. the tuft of hair differently coloured from the rest of hairs thickly covering the insect body macula, ae, f. L.: 1. _* spot; 2. _* macula macula apicalis _* apical spot ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Neurological Signs (2010)

by A.J. Larner

B Blind Spot Cross Reference Scotoma Blind Spot The blind spot is defined anatomically as the point on the retina at which axons from the retinal ganglion cells enter the optic nerve; since this area is devoid of photoreceptors there is a ...

Google previewHelm Dictionary of Scientific Bird Names (2010)

by James A. Jobling

spilos spot; -kephalos -headed (kephale# head). Spilocircus ( syn. Circus) Gr. spilos spot; genus Circus de Lacépède, 1799, harrier. Spilocorydon (syn.

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Quotes about Spot

There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun. (Pablo Picasso)
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Scrabble value of S1P3O1T1

The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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