hot spot

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hot spot ‎(plural hot spots)

  1. A place notable for a high level of activity or danger.
    • 2010, Thomas [Ellis] Joiner[, Jr.], Myths about Suicide, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, ISBN 978-0-674-04822-5, page 154:
      For instance, Toronto's Bloor Street Viaduct was, alas, a suicide hotspot – in fact, it was second only to the Golden Gate Bridge in terms of the number of bridge-related suicides.
    • 2013 November 27, Emily Jane O'Dell, “Deep cover [print version: International Herald Tribune Magazine, 2013, page 47]”, in The New York Times[1], archived from the original on 9 December 2013:
      I might never have learned my name or met my birth family if I hadn't ended up in the hospital in Rhode Island in 2007, after traveling to a trifecta of malaria hotspots: Mali, Egypt and Colombia.
    1. A dangerous place of violent political unrest.
    2. An area of radioactive contamination.
    3. A lively and entertaining place, such as a nightclub.
  2. (computing) A part of an application that consumes a significant amount of execution time.
  3. (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.
  4. (computing, networking) A location in which WiFi Internet access is available.
  5. (genetics) The region of a gene in which there is higher than normal rate of mutation.
  6. (planetology, geology) The surface manifestation of a plume that rises from deep in the celestial body's mantle.



  • (location with WiFi Internet access): notspot