Definition of hot spot in English:

hot spot

(also hotspot)

noun

  • 1A small area or region with a relatively hot temperature in comparison to its surroundings.

    • ‘We pass a small herd of bison lounging on a hot spot - a thermal area, the ranger has told us, where hot water slowly seeps to the surface.’
    • ‘It could report on earthquake damage or structural problems and warn firefighters of hot spots in buildings where fires are blazing on some floors.’
    • ‘By spreading out the hottest components on the die, chip designers can help dissipate that heat more efficiently but this still doesn't eliminate the existence of hot spots on the die.’
    • ‘These high loads are pushing the equipment manufacturers to consider providing water cooling to the racks to offset the high loads and prevent hot spots from occurring where air distribution might be restricted.’
    • ‘And with weathermen predicting no real end in sight, thousands are already planning on bidding farewell to too-cool Britannia in favour of continental hot spots.’
    • ‘Such were the extremes of temperature that hot spots in the building were still smoking more than 24 hours after the fire broke out.’
    • ‘In the basements of the collapsed towers, where the 47 central support columns connected with the bedrock, hot spots of ‘literally molten steel’ were discovered more than a month after the collapse.’
    • ‘The Environmental Management Agency office in Pekanbaru detected 1,280 hot spots in the province on June 9.’
    • ‘Near geysers and hot spots, the ground is warm, the snow shallower, and the grass more accessible to hungry foragers.’
    • ‘Multiple track lighting with dimmers and down lights eliminate hot spots and allow us to adapt lighting to specific artworks.’
    • ‘Unlike typical ocean hot spots, such as hydrothermal vents, the Gorda Escarpment has unique properties which benefit egg development.’
    • ‘Dr Preece and his team said the unexplained hot spots in an area of the brain behind the left ear could be due to two causes.’
    • ‘Hot spots Scan A shows hot spots (dark areas) in both knees, a sign of arthritis…’
    • ‘This new Carbon road shoe uses two carbon plates in the sole so you get stiffness where you need it for power transfer but is less prone to hot spots and foot aches.’
    • ‘‘On Monday, the satellite only found 360 hot spots because the hot spots in Central Aceh had disappeared,’ Firman said.’
    • ‘One of the most important set of observations is to identify hot spots on the golf course.’
    • ‘We have rangers on site damping down hot spots on Bleaklow and Black Hill.’
    • ‘CSA, which employs 25 people and has an office in London, specialises in identifying hot spots deep under ground.’
    • ‘The fact that over 75 percent of the hot spots identified on peat land in West and Central Kalimantan were on oil palm plantations, timber plantations and forest concessions means that there are roads to access the areas.’
    1. 1.1A very hot and dry place where a fire is likely to start, or where a fire has been burning.
      ‘most of the fires were out Monday, but crews were still watching for hot spots’
    2. 1.2Geology
      An area of volcanic activity, especially where this is isolated.
      • ‘Put the question to a group of geologists and they'll mention plate tectonics and volcanic hot spots.’
      • ‘They differ from the similarly termed geological hot spots, which are regions of high or continuous volcanic activity due to hot mantle material spewing into the planet's crust.’
      • ‘After the crust moves off the hot spot, the volcanic activity stops.’
      • ‘The surface of Venus appears to be dominated by volcanic hot spots rather than spreading and subduction associated with plate tectonics.’
      • ‘In the oceans, characteristic fringing reefs develop around the volcanic islands surmounting hot spots, as in Hawaii, or the mid-oceanic ridges.’
  • 2A place of significant activity or danger.

    ‘a hot spot of commerce’
    ‘they identified eight pollution hotspots at the mouth of the Thames’
    • ‘Legislators yesterday questioned officials about elimination measures in mosquito hot spots like construction sites and private land.’
    • ‘Andy has researched the river and its potential and offers a professional, fully insured guided service to the area's hot spots and best swims.’
    • ‘The small town businesses were closing up and letting the clubs and hot spots take over the night shift.’
    • ‘Scientists are inspired to learn more about why this area is such a hot spot for a diverse marine nursery.’
    • ‘In the area of income poverty, South Asia is the hot spot.’
    • ‘He encouraged new policing strategies of rapid redeployment of officers to hot spots, while holding precinct commanders accountable.’
    • ‘Police regard the village as a speeding hot spot because of the long, straight roads in the area.’
    • ‘The price trigger will channel development towards high-priced hot spots that are already overstretched.’
    • ‘It is being used in a more intelligence-driven manner, targeting crime hot spots and poorer areas where such crime is more prevalent.’
    • ‘Madagascar is considered a biodiversity hot spot, an area that is home to great numbers of species and that is under constant assault from human activity.’
    • ‘The area has become a hot spot for Liberal campaigning in the past 12 months, as was clear during the federal election, and it appears the party are not about to let up.’
    • ‘Then the outbreak was well developed, jumping over hot spot areas.’
    • ‘This location has not been declared a hot spot, added Hawkshaw, as residents in the immediate area have not complained.’
    • ‘As well as Edinburgh city centre, another area that proved a hot spot for property last year was North Berwick.’
    • ‘Well your aim is to foster strategic evolution in certain hot spots and certain trouble areas around the world.’
    • ‘Scientists refer to these areas as biological hot spots.’
    • ‘The area was declared as one of the 50 toxic hot spots in the world by Greenpeace.’
    • ‘The sergeant fields complaints from businesses, keeps an eye out for felons and new faces on the street, and makes sure that certain hot spots are kept relatively clear.’
    • ‘Popular hot spots in the Keighley area are already boasting an increase in interest, which reflects a survey carried out by the Country Land and Business Association.’
    • ‘Also the fact was pointed out that you can go to your local police station and they are obliged to tell you about crime in your area and what hot spots there are.’
    1. 2.1A popular place of entertainment.
      ‘she knew all the Manhattan hot spots for classy blues and retro jazz’
      • ‘Many other artists and publishers also threw Artexpo bashes at various Manhattan hot spots.’
      • ‘The show was always shot on location, and had a hip look combining current fashion trends and New York hotspots with extravagant production values.’
      • ‘Some of the organisers, models and tennis players enjoyed a night out at the well-known Dublin hotspot Renards where Anna Kournikova was seen dancing the night away.’
      • ‘A trailblazer in the world of entertainment, the city's most contemporary jazz bar and entertainment hotspot became a popular watering hole to unwind.’
      • ‘Universal Studios is nearby and plenty of tours can guide them around all the star-studded hotspots of Hollywood.’
      • ‘Each city's convention and visitors bureau is offering a sampling of the best restaurants, entertainment hot spots, and cultural places for you and your family to enjoy.’
      • ‘A scenic bus ride will take attendees to this Texas hotspot, an ideal setting for a festive event.’
      • ‘For Tiffin the good life is not swanking around the hot spots of London clubland but a chance to put on the wellies and head for his allotment.’
      • ‘The story begins at Steffans' darkest moment in the bathroom of a Beverly Hills hotspot.’
      • ‘Newtown is Johannesburg's vibrant cultural hub, where some of the city's finest entertainment hotspots are found.’
      • ‘A recent Wednesday night at Incontro drew a crowd that a downtown Boston hotspot would envy.’
      • ‘He has made a habit of being caught on camera the worse for wear outside London hot spots in the early hours and has also admitted using cocaine.’
      • ‘Montreal regularly hosted performers such as Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin, Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie in hot spots like Chez Paree and Rockhead's Paradise.’
      • ‘An area once prized for its placement close to both the inner city and the entertainment hotspot of Hillbrow up until the 1980s, it now bears the brunt of urban decay.’
      • ‘Jazz's emphasis on creation and performance was embraced by a new generation of visual artists who frequented jazz hot spots.’
      • ‘The band began playing at New York hotspots and was well received for their minimalist style.’
  • 3An area on a computer screen that can be clicked to activate a function.

    • ‘Links can also be presented as hot spots on an image, or a button which can be clicked.’
    • ‘‘When we get into hot spot problems on file servers, the renderfarm makes a denial-of-service attack on our file servers’, says Thompson.’
    • ‘The interface has some problems - it is sloppy with its cursor hot spots, and the save and load screens are about as vanilla as you can get - but overall it gets the job done.’
    • ‘The cursor, which is used as the hot spot of the computer, is normally offset above the contact area except when the contact area is close to the bottom of the screen.’
    • ‘When the mouse goes over a hot spot, the cursor changes to an arrow.’
    1. 3.1A public place with an available wireless signal for Internet access.
      • ‘The building is filled with Wi-Fi hot spots for people to connect their laptops to the Internet.’
      • ‘In New York City, Bryant Park is an outdoor Wi-Fi hot spot.’
      • ‘Two familiar examples of 802.11b technology include a wireless network in a home or office, and the wireless hot spots at a local hotel, restaurant or coffee shop.’
      • ‘No more pounding the streets from pub to pub, looking for that all-important WiFi hot spot to connect you to the web.’
      • ‘Businesses can set up their wireless networks, secured with VPN and firewalls, all the while keeping in contact with their road warriors via next generation IP telephony within public hot spots.’