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Crescent spot

Spot \Spot\ (sp[o^]t), n. [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.]

  1. A mark on a substance or body made by foreign matter; a blot; a place discolored.

    Out, damned spot! Out, I say!

  2. A stain on character or reputation; something that soils purity; disgrace; reproach; fault; blemish.

    Yet Chloe, sure, was formed without a spot.

  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.''

    That spot to which I point is Paradise.

    ``A jolly place,'' said he, ``in times of old! But something ails it now: the spot is cursed.''

  5. (Zo["o]l.) A variety of the common domestic pigeon, so called from a spot on its head just above its beak.

  6. (Zo["o]l.)

    1. A sci[ae]noid 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.

    2. 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]

    Crescent spot (Zo["o]l.), any butterfly of the family Melit[ae]id[ae] having crescent-shaped white spots along the margins of the red or brown wings.

    Spot lens (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 illumination; -- called also spotted lens.

    Spot rump (Zo["o]l.), the Hudsonian godwit ( Limosa h[ae]mastica).

    Spots on the sun. (Astron.) See Sun spot, ander Sun.

    On the spot, or Upon the spot, immediately; before moving; without changing place; as, he made his decision on the spot.

    It was determined upon the spot.

    Syn: Stain; flaw; speck; blot; disgrace; reproach; fault; blemish; place; site; locality.