A discoloured spot or area.
A blemish on one's character or reputation.
A substance used to soak into a surface and colour it.
A reagent or dye used to stain microscope specimens so as to make some structures visible.
* Giemsa stain
* Leishman stain
* Romanowsky stain
* Wright-Giemse stain
* Wright's stain
To discolour something
- to stain the hand with dye
To taint or tarnish someone's character or reputation
- armour stained with blood
To coat a surface with a stain
- Of honour void, / Of innocence, of faith, of purity, / Our wonted ornaments now soiled and stained .
- to stain wood with acids, coloured washes, paint rubbed in, etc.
To treat a microscope specimen with a dye
To cause to seem inferior or soiled by comparison.
* Beaumont and Fletcher
- the stained glass used for church windows
- She stains the ripest virgins of her age.
- that did all other beasts in beauty stain
A round or irregular patch on the surface of a thing having a different color, texture etc. and generally round in shape.
A stain or disfiguring mark.
- The leopard is noted for the spots of color in its fur.
A pimple, papule or pustule.
- I have tried everything, and I can’t get this spot out.
- That morning, I saw that a spot had come up on my chin.
A small, unspecified amount or quantity.
- I think she's got chicken pox; she's covered in spots .
(slang, US) A bill of five-dollar or ten-dollar denomination in dollars.
- Would you like to come round on Sunday for a spot of lunch?
A location or area.
- Here's the twenty bucks I owe you, a ten spot''' and two five '''spots .
- I like to eat lunch in a pleasant spot outside.
- For our anniversary we went back to the same spot where we first met.
- That spot to which I point is Paradise.
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- "A jolly place," said he, "in times of old! / But something ails it now: the spot is cursed."
A parking space.
(sports) An official determination of placement.
- Yachvilli made it 6-0 with a second sweet strike from 45 metres after Matt Stevens was penalised for collapsing a scrum, and then slid another penalty just wide from the same spot .
A bright lamp; a spotlight.
(US, advertising) A brief advertisement or program segment on television.
- The fans were very unhappy with the referee's spot of the ball.
Difficult situation; predicament
- Did you see the spot on the news about the shoelace factory?
(gymnastics, dance, weightlifting) One who spots (supports or assists a maneuver, or is prepared to assist if safety dictates); a spotter
(soccer) penalty spot
- She was in a real spot when she ran into her separated husband while on a date.
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, author=Chris Bevan
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, passage=The Gunners dominated for long periods but, against the run of play, Denilson fouled Max Gradel and Robert Snodgrass put Leeds ahead from the spot
The act of spotting or noticing something.
- - You've misspelled "terrapin" here.
A variety of the common domestic pigeon, so called from a spot on its head just above the beak.
A food fish (Liostomus xanthurus ) of the Atlantic coast of the United States, with a black spot behind the shoulders and fifteen oblique dark bars on the sides.
The southern redfish, or red horse, which has a spot on each side at the base of the tail.
(in the plural, brokers' slang, dated) Commodities, such as merchandise and cotton, sold for immediate delivery.
- ''- Whoops. Good spot .
* on the spot
* put someone on the spot
* shot spot
* spot check
* spot color / spot colour
* spot market
* spot on
* spot remover
* X marks the spot
To see, find; to pick out, notice, locate, distinguish or identify
(finance) To loan a small amount of money to someone.
- Try to spot the differences between these two pictures.
(ambitransitive) To stain; to leave a spot (on).
- I’ll spot you ten dollars for lunch.
- Hard water will spot if it is left on a surface.
To remove, or attempt to remove, a stain.
- a garment spotted with mould
(gymnastics, dance, weightlifting, climbing) To support or assist a maneuver, or to be prepared to assist if safety dictates.
- I spotted the carpet where the child dropped spaghetti.
(dance) To keep the head and eyes pointing in a single direction while turning.
- I can’t do a back handspring unless somebody spots me.
To stain; to blemish; to taint; to disgrace; to tarnish, as reputation.
* Sir Philip Sidney
- Most figure skaters do not spot their turns like dancers do.
* Beaumont and Fletcher
- My virgin life no spotted thoughts shall stain.
To cut or chip (timber) in preparation for hewing.
- If ever I shall close these eyes but once, / May I live spotted for my perjury.