Spot, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spotted; p. pr. & vb. n. Spotting.]
1. To make visible marks upon with some foreign matter; to discolor in or with spots; to stain; to cover with spots or figures; as, to spot a garment; to spot paper.
2. To mark or note so as to insure recognition; to recognize; to detect; as, to spot a criminal. [Cant]
3. To stain; to blemish; to taint; to disgrace; to tarnish, as reputation; to asperse.
My virgin life no spotted thoughts shall stain. --Sir P. Sidney.
If ever I shall close these eyes but once,
May I live spotted for my perjury. --Beau. & Fl.
To spot timber, to cut or chip it, in preparation for hewing.
n 1: a point located with respect to surface features of some
region; "this is a nice place for a picnic" [syn: topographic
2: a short section or illustration (as between radio or tv
programs or in a magazine) that is often used for
3: a blemish made by dirt; "he had a smudge on his cheek" [syn:
smudge, blot, daub, smear, smirch, slur]
4: a small contrasting part of something; "a bald spot"; "a
leopard's spots"; "a patch of clouds"; "patches of thin
ice"; "a fleck of red" [syn: speckle, dapple, patch,
5: a section of an entertainment that is assigned to a specific
performer or performance; "they changed his spot on the
6: an outstanding characteristic; "his acting was one of the
high points of the movie" [syn: point]
7: a business establishment for entertainment; "night spot"
8: a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the
treasury" [syn: position, post, berth, office, billet,
9: a slight attack of illness; "he has a touch of rheumatism"
10: a small quantity; "a spot of tea"; "a bit of paper" [syn: bit]
11: a mark on a playing card (shape depending on the suit) [syn:
12: a lamp that produces a strong beam of light to illuminate a
restricted area; used to focus attention of a stage
performer [syn: spotlight]
13: a playing card with a specified number of pips on it to
indicate its value; "an eight spot"
14: an act that brings discredit to the person who does it; "he
made a huge blot on his copybook" [syn: blot, smear,
v 1: catch sight of [syn: descry, espy, spy]
2: mar or impair with a flaw; "her face was blemished" [syn: blemish]
3: make a spot or mark onto; "The wine spotted the tablecloth"
[syn: fleck, blob, blot]
4: become spotted; "This dress spots quickly"
5: mark with a spot or spots so as to allow easy recognition;
"spot the areas that one should clearly identify"
[also: spotting, spotted]
n 1: the act of spotting or staining something [syn: staining,
2: the act of detecting something; catching sight of something
[syn: detection, catching, espial, spying]