Speck n. The blubber of whales or other marine mammals; also, the fat of the hippopotamus.
Speck falls Naut., falls or ropes rove through blocks for hoisting the blubber and bone of whales on board a whaling vessel.
1. A small discolored place in or on anything, or a small place of a color different from that of the main substance; a spot; a stain; a blemish; as, a speck on paper or loth; specks of decay in fruit. “Gray sand, with black specks.”
2. A very small thing; a particle; a mite; as, specks of dust; he has not a speck of money.
Many bright specks bubble up along the blue Egean. --Landor.
3. Zool. A small etheostomoid fish (Ulocentra stigmaea) common in the Eastern United States.
Speck, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Specked p. pr. & vb. n. Specking.] To cause the presence of specks upon or in, especially specks regarded as defects or blemishes; to spot; to speckle; as, paper specked by impurities in the water used in its manufacture.
Carnation, purple, azure, or specked with gold. --Milton.
n 1: a very small spot; "the plane was just a speck in the sky"
2: (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything [syn: atom,
molecule, particle, corpuscle, mote]
3: a slight but appreciable addition; "this dish could use a
touch of garlic" [syn: touch, hint, tinge, mite, pinch,
v : produce specks in or on; "speck the cloth"