1. One that applies spots.
2. One that looks for, locates, and reports something, as:
a. A military or civil defense lookout.
b. Informal A person hired to detect dishonest acts by employees, as in a bank.
a. One who identifies players on the field, as for a radio or television announcer.
b. One who is responsible for watching and guarding a performer during practice to prevent injury, as in gymnastics or weightlifting.
4. One employed by a dry cleaner to remove spots.
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