from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. A part of an application that consumes a significant amount of execution time
  • n. Part of a control that responds dynamically as the user moves the pointer over it, as for example in an image map.
  • n. The region of a gene in which there is higher than normal rate of mutation
  • n. A location in which WiFi Internet access is available
  • n. The surface manifestation of a plume that rises from deep in the celestial body’s mantle

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

  • n. a place of political unrest and potential violence
  • n. a lively entertainment spot
  • n. a point of relatively intense heat or radiation


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