1a small round or roundish mark, differing in colour or texture from the surface around it:ladybirds have black spots on their red wing covers a small mark or stain:a spot of mildew on the wall a blemish on someone’s character or reputation.
chiefly North American a pip on a domino, playing card, or dice.
2a particular place or point:a nice secluded spot an ideal picnic spot [with adjective or noun modifier] a small feature or part of something with a particular quality:his bald spot there was one bright spot in a night of dismal failure a ranking:the runner-up spot a place for an individual item within a show:she couldn’t do her usual singing spot in the club 4 informal
, chiefly British a small amount of something:a spot of rain a spot of bother flared up
dated a small alcoholic drink:may I offer you a spot? 5 [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 price 7 (also spot board) a board for working plaster before application.
8 [in combination] informal
, chiefly North American a banknote of a specified value:a ten-spot
1see, notice, or recognize (someone or something) that is difficult to detect or that one is searching for:Andrew spotted the advert in the paper the men were spotted by police recognize that (someone) has a particular talent, especially for sport or show business:we were spotted by a talent scout British observe and note the details of (a certain class of thing) as a hobby:women don’t collect stamps or spot trains [no object] Military locate an enemy’s position, typically from the air:they were spotting for enemy aircraft (in weight training, gymnastics, etc.) observe (a performer) in order to minimize the risk of accidents or injuries. 2mark or become marked with spots: [with object]:the velvet was spotted with stains [with object] cover (a surface or area) thinly:thorn trees spotted the land [with object] archaic stain or sully the moral character or qualities of: they might be spotted merely with the errors introduced by Luther 3 [no object]
, it is spotting
, etc.) rain slightly:it was still spotting with rain
4place (a ball) on its designated starting point on a billiard table.
5 [with two objects] North American informal give or lend (money) to (someone):I’ll spot you $300 allow (an advantage) to (someone) in a game or sport:the higher-rated team spots the lower-rated team the difference in their handicaps
1without any delay; immediately:he offered me the job on the spot 2at the scene of an event:journalists on the spot reported no progress 3British (with reference to an action) performed without moving from one’s original position:running on the spot