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Definition of hot spot noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


    hot spot

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  1. 1a place where fighting is common, especially for political reasons U.N. peacekeeping forces have helped ease tensions in world hot spots since 1948.
  2. 2a place where there is a lot of activity or entertainment
  3. 3a place that is very hot and dry, where a fire has been burning or is likely to start Fire crews worked to douse hot spots left by two fires that consumed acres of forest.
  4. 4(computing) an area on a computer screen that you can click on to start an operation such as loading a file
  5. 5a place in a hotel, restaurant, airport, etc. that is fitted with a special device that enables you to connect a computer to the Internet without using wires
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: hot spot