1. A mark on a substance or body made by foreign matter; a blot; a place discolored.
"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 color 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." Otway.
"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. (Zoöl.) A variety of the common domestic pigeon, so called from a spot on its head just above its beak.
6. (Zoöl.) (a) A sciænoid 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. (b) The southern redfish, or red horse, which has a spot on each side at the base of the tail. See Redfish.
7. pl. Commodities, as merchandise and cotton, sold for immediate delivery. [Broker's Cant]
(Zoöl.), any butterfly of the family Melitæidæ having crescent- shaped white spots along the margins of the red or brown wings.
(Microscopy), a condensing lens in which the light is confined to an annular pencil by means of a small, round diaphragm (the spot), and used in dark-field ilumination; -- called also spotted lens.
(Zoöl.), the Hudsonian godwit (Limosa hæmastica).
Spots on the sun
(Astron.) See Sun spot, ander Sun.
immediately; before moving; without changing place.
"It was determined upon the spot." -- Swift. Syn. -- Stain; flaw; speck; blot; disgrace; reproach; fault; blemish; place; site; locality.