1. A mark on a substance or body made by foreign matter; a blot; a place discoloured. "Out, damned spot! Out, I say!" (Shak)
2. A stain on character or reputation; something that soils purity; disgrace; reproach; fault; blemish. "Yet Chloe, sure, was formed without a spot." (Pope)
3. A small part of a different colour from the main part, or from the ground upon which it is; as, the spots of a leopard; the spots on a playing card.
4. A small extent of space; a place; any particular place. "Fixed to one spot." "That spot to which I point is Paradise." (Milton) ""A jolly place," said he, "in times of old! But something ails it now: the spot is cursed."" (Wordsworth)
5. <zoology> A variety of the common domestic pigeon, so called from a spot on its head just above its beak.
6. <zoology> A sciaenoid food fish (Liostomus xanthurus) of the Atlantic coast of the United States. It has a black spot behind the shoulders and fifteen oblique dark bars on the sides. Called also goody, Lafayette, masooka, and old wife. The southern redfish, or red horse, which has a spot on each side at the base of the tail. See Redfish.
7. Commodities, as merchandise and cotton, sold for immediate delivery. Crescent spot, the Hudsonian godwit (Limosa haemastica). Spots on the sun.
<astronomy> See Sun spot, ander Sun. On, or Upon, the spot, immediately; before moving; without changing place. "It was determined upon the spot." (Swift)
Synonyms: Stain, flaw, speck, blot, disgrace, reproach, fault, blemish, place, site, locality.
Origin: Cf. Scot. & D. Spat, Dan. Spette, Sw. Spott spittle, slaver; from the root of E. Spit. See Spit to eject from the mouth, and cf. Spatter.
(01 Mar 1998)