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fly·speck

 (flī′spĕk′)
n.
1. A small dark speck or stain made by the excrement of a fly.
2. A minute or insignificant spot.
tr.v. fly·specked, fly·speck·ing, fly·specks
1. To mark or foul with flyspecks.
2. Slang To examine closely or in minute detail; scrutinize.

flyspeck

(ˈflaɪˌspɛk)
n
1. (Zoology) the small speck of the excrement of a fly
2. a small spot or speck
vb
(tr) to mark with flyspecks

fly•speck

(ˈflaɪˌspɛk)

n.
1. a speck or tiny stain from the excrement of a fly.
2. any minute spot.
3. a minute detail or flaw.
v.t.
4. to mark with flyspecks.
[1850–55]

flyspeck


Past participle: flyspecked
Gerund: flyspecking

Imperative
flyspeck
flyspeck
Present
I flyspeck
you flyspeck
he/she/it flyspecks
we flyspeck
you flyspeck
they flyspeck
Preterite
I flyspecked
you flyspecked
he/she/it flyspecked
we flyspecked
you flyspecked
they flyspecked
Present Continuous
I am flyspecking
you are flyspecking
he/she/it is flyspecking
we are flyspecking
you are flyspecking
they are flyspecking
Present Perfect
I have flyspecked
you have flyspecked
he/she/it has flyspecked
we have flyspecked
you have flyspecked
they have flyspecked
Past Continuous
I was flyspecking
you were flyspecking
he/she/it was flyspecking
we were flyspecking
you were flyspecking
they were flyspecking
Past Perfect
I had flyspecked
you had flyspecked
he/she/it had flyspecked
we had flyspecked
you had flyspecked
they had flyspecked
Future
I will flyspeck
you will flyspeck
he/she/it will flyspeck
we will flyspeck
you will flyspeck
they will flyspeck
Future Perfect
I will have flyspecked
you will have flyspecked
he/she/it will have flyspecked
we will have flyspecked
you will have flyspecked
they will have flyspecked
Future Continuous
I will be flyspecking
you will be flyspecking
he/she/it will be flyspecking
we will be flyspecking
you will be flyspecking
they will be flyspecking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been flyspecking
you have been flyspecking
he/she/it has been flyspecking
we have been flyspecking
you have been flyspecking
they have been flyspecking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been flyspecking
you will have been flyspecking
he/she/it will have been flyspecking
we will have been flyspecking
you will have been flyspecking
they will have been flyspecking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been flyspecking
you had been flyspecking
he/she/it had been flyspecking
we had been flyspecking
you had been flyspecking
they had been flyspecking
Conditional
I would flyspeck
you would flyspeck
he/she/it would flyspeck
we would flyspeck
you would flyspeck
they would flyspeck
Past Conditional
I would have flyspecked
you would have flyspecked
he/she/it would have flyspecked
we would have flyspecked
you would have flyspecked
they would have flyspecked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.flyspeck - a tiny dark speck made by the excrement of a fly
corpuscle, mote, particle, speck, molecule, atom - (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything
Adj.1.flyspeck - very smallflyspeck - very small; "diminutive in stature"; "a lilliputian chest of drawers"; "her petite figure"; "tiny feet"; "the flyspeck nation of Bahrain moved toward democracy"
little, small - limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent; "a little dining room"; "a little house"; "a small car"; "a little (or small) group"
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