American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An area in which there is dangerous unrest or hostile action: "opportunities . . . for United Nations forces to play a constructive role in some of the world's hot spots” ( Paul Lewis).
- n. Informal A lively and popular place, such as a nightclub.
- n. An area of intense heat, radiation, or activity.
- n. A dangerous place of violent political unrest
- n. A lively and entertaining place, such as a nightclub
- n. An area of radioactive contamination
- n. computing A part of an application that consumes a significant amount of execution time
- n. computing, graphical user interface Part of a control that responds dynamically as the user moves the pointer over it, as for example in an image map.
- n. genetics The region of a gene in which there is higher than normal rate of mutation
- n. networking A location in which WiFi Internet access is available
- n. planetology, geology The surface manifestation of a plume that rises from deep in the celestial body’s mantle
- n. a place of political unrest and potential violence
- n. a lively entertainment spot
- n. a point of relatively intense heat or radiation
“Joe Termini Ruschmeyer's, a refurbished camplike resort, is the hot spot with the fashion crowd this summer.”
“In the meantime —” Ky nodded to her weapons officer, who touched the controls; another hot spot appeared on the station’s hull, this time at the mounting of the station’s LOS weapon.”
“The Vitebsk area had become the hot spot of the Eastern Front.”
“Prima Piatti was a newly minted hot spot then, the place to see and be seen, and I liked the idea of being seen there at Haley Barbour’s table.”
“What could it have had to make it a hot spot of hair-bobbing?”
“With its combination playground-carousel-miniature-steam-engine ride, the sprawling recreational area is a hot spot for the kindergarten set.”
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