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  • v. Present participle of spot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In botany, same as necrosis, 2.
  • n. The tinting of photographs.
  • n. The process of separating a train into sections.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of spotting or staining something
  • n. the act of detecting something; catching sight of something


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  • If you have (1) a knowledge of the substance and (2) know how to think logically then issue spotting is automatic.

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  • But having tried to put this into practice has given me a real advantage in spotting the co-operative people I want to be/work/interact with.

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  • Though it was initially unclear whether he got the first down as officials were late in spotting the ball, the Bills immediately sent out their field goal unit.

  • We traveled here during the dry season, when animal spotting is easiest.

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  • Where I come from, spotting is just what you said it was: something between a girl and her panties.


  • Agreed: spotting is only for those most unfortunate events.


  • Funny, when I first read this post I assumed that rain spotting simply meant there would be lots of spots of rain — i.e. it would rain in different spots.


  • Perhaps this a US geographical thing, but we (in the southeast) use drizzle or mist – and spotting is most definitely a cycle related word.



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