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spotter

[spot-er] /ˈspɒt ər/
noun
1.
a person employed to remove spots from clothing, especially at a dry-cleaning establishment.
2.
(in civil defense) a civilian who watches for enemy airplanes.
3.
Informal. a person employed to watch the activity and behavior of others, especially employees, as for evidence of dishonesty.
4.
Military. an observer at a forward position who singles out targets for gunners.
5.
a person or thing that spots.
6.
(in small-arms practice firing) a small black disk attached to the target to make more prominent the places where a bullet has hit.
7.
an assistant to a sportscaster who provides the names of the players chiefly involved in each play of a game, especially a football game.
8.
Gymnastics, Tumbling. a person who is stationed in the most effective place to guard against an injury to a performer in the act of executing a maneuver.
Origin of spotter
1605-1615
1605-15; spot + -er1
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  • Experience had taught the spotter the type of man one may pounce on without fear of sharp words or resentful blows.

  • You may be a spotter, for all I know, but I don't care a hang.

    The Wreckers Francis Lynde
  • On this day, when Croly Addicks had finished his modest lunch, the spotter was lurking near the exit.

  • You had a spotter working this up, I suppose: who is he, and where is he?

    The Price Francis Lynde
  • "That won't make me bust out cryin', Chinless," called the spotter derisively.

  • And in the meantime, if things panned, Jimmy could be useful as a spotter.

    The Fourth R George Oliver Smith
  • Or he may have to report the results of a mock bombardment, and thus prepare himself for the duties of the artillery “spotter.”

    The Romance of Aircraft Lawrence Yard Smith
  • The tired-looking man on the street-car may, in fact, be a professional "spotter."

    Courts and Criminals Arthur Train
  • Now Hatch tells me that I was working with a spotter—his spotter—and that he can send me up for bribery.

    The Wreckers Francis Lynde
  • The Mosquito got off so fast she was out of sight before any spotter could pick her up.

    A Yankee Flier in Italy Rutherford G. Montgomery
British Dictionary definitions for spotter

spotter

/ˈspɒtə/
noun
1.
  1. a person or thing that watches or observes
  2. (as modifier): a spotter plane
2.
a person who makes a hobby of watching for and noting numbers or types of trains, buses, etc: a train spotter
3.
(military) a person who orders or advises adjustment of fire on a target by observations
4.
a person, esp one engaged in civil defence, who watches for enemy aircraft
5.
(US, informal) an employee assigned to spy on his colleagues in order to check on their honesty
6.
(films)
  1. a person who checks against irregularities and inconsistencies
  2. a person who searches for new material, performers, etc
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