- Shot is defined as the act of firing off of a gun or other weapon.
An example of a shot is an attempt to hit a target at a rifle range.
- The definition of a shot is an attempt at scoring or accomplishing something.
- An example of shot is a student trying out for a part in a high school play.
- An example of shot is a volleyball player hitting a ball over the net.
shot definition by Webster's New World
- the act of shooting; discharge of a missile, esp. from a gun
- the distance over which a missile travels
- range; reach; scope
- an attempt to hit with a missile
- any attempt or try
- a guess or conjecture
- a pointed, critical remark
- in various games, the flight or path of a ball, puck, etc. after it is shot toward a goal or other object
- a stroke, as in tennis or golf
- an attempt to score, as in basketball or hockey
- a solid projectile designed for discharge from a firearm or cannon, as distinguished from an explosive shell
- such projectiles collectively
- lead or steel in small pellets, of which a quantity is used for a single charge of a shotgun
- a single pellet of this kind
- the heavy metal ball used in the shot put
- a blast, or the amount of explosive used for a blast, as in mining
- a marksman: a fair shot
- the act of taking a single photograph
- a single photograph
- a single, continuous image as taken on film, videotape, or by a live TV camera
Origin: cf. scotan amount due, esp. for drinks or entertainment
- a hypodermic injection, as of vaccine
- ☆ a drink of liquor; specif., jigger
- Informal something to bet on, considered from the standpoint of odds or chances of winning: a horse that is a ten-to-one shot
- Naut. a 90-foot length of chain, esp. for an anchor
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English sceot ; from sceotan (akin to Old Norse skot, German schuss): see shoot
- variegated, streaked, flecked, etc. with another color or substance
- woven with threads of different colors so as to appear iridescent
- varied with something different: a novel shot through with pathos
- ☆ Informal ruined or worn out
shot definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The firing or discharge of a weapon, such as a gun.
- The distance over which something is shot; the range.
- a. An attempt to hit a target with a projectile: His shot at the bear missed by inches.b. An attempt to reach a target with a rocket: a moon shot.
- a. Sports An attempt to score in a game, as in soccer or hockey.b. Baseball A home run.
- Sports & Games a. The flight or path of a projectile in a game.b. A stroke in a game, as in golf or billiards.
- A pointed or critical remark.
- Informal a. An attempt; a try: took a shot at losing weight.b. A guess.c. An opportunity: gave him a fair shot at the part in the play.d. A chance at odds; something to bet on: The horse was a four-to-one shot.
- a. A solid projectile designed to be discharged from a firearm or cannon.b. pl. shot shot Such projectiles considered as a group.c. pl. shot shot Tiny lead or steel pellets, especially ones used in a shotgun cartridge.d. One of these pellets.
- Sports The heavy metal ball that is put for distance in the shot put.
- One who shoots in a particular way: a good shot with the rifle and the bow.
- a. A charge of explosives used in blasting mine shafts.b. A detonation of an explosive charge.
- a. A photographic view or exposure: got a good shot of that last model.b. A developed photographic image.c. A single cinematic take.
- a. A hypodermic injection.b. A small amount given or applied at one time: a shot of oxygen.
- A drink, especially a jigger of liquor.
- An amount to be paid, as for drinks; a bill.
- Nautical A length of chain equal to 15 fathoms (90 feet) in the United States and 12 1/2 fathoms (75 feet) in Great Britain.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English sceot, scot; see skeud- in Indo-European roots.
- a. Of changeable or variegated color; iridescent.b. Streaked or flecked with or as if with yarn of a different color: a blue suit shot with purple; a forest glade that was shot with sunlight.c. Interspersed or permeated with a distinctive quality: Her apology was shot with irony.
- Informal a. Worn-out; ruined.b. Exhausted; thoroughly tired.
shot - Medical Definition
- A hypodermic injection.
- A small amount given or applied at one time.
shot - Phrases/Idioms
a shot in the arm
call the shotsInformal
- to give orders
- to control what is done or what happens
have a shot ator take a shot at
like a shot
- quickly; rapidly
like a shot
shot in the arm
shot in the dark
- A wild unsubstantiated guess.
- An attempt that has little chance of succeeding.
Variant of shoot
- to move swiftly over, by, across, etc.: to shoot the rapids in a canoe
- to make move with great speed or sudden force: to shoot an elevator upward
- to pour, empty out, or dump, as down a chute
- to throw or hurl out or forth: volcanoes shooting molten rock into the air
- to cast (an anchor, fish net, etc.)
- ☆ to throw away or spoil (an opportunity, chance, etc.)
- Informal to use up or waste (time, money, etc.)
- to slide (a door bolt) into or out of its fastening
- to variegate, streak, fleck, etc. (with another color or substance): a blue sky shot with white clouds
- to vary (with something different): a story shot with humor
- to thrust out suddenly: snakes shooting out their tongues
- to put forth (a branch, leaves, etc.)
- to send forth (a missile or projectile); discharge or fire (a bullet, arrow, etc.)
- to discharge or emit (rays) with force
- to send forth (a question, reply, glance, fist, etc.) swiftly, suddenly, or with force or feeling
- to discharge or fire (a gun, bow, charge of explosive, etc.)
- to hit, wound, kill, or destroy with a bullet, arrow, etc.
- to make by firing a bullet: to shoot a hole in a door
- to hunt game in or on (a tract of land)
- to take the altitude of (a star) with a transit, sextant, etc.
- to take a picture of with a camera; photograph; film
- to photograph
- to inject (a narcotic drug, etc.) intravenously
- to plane (the edge of a board) straight
- ☆ Slang to send, hand, or give in a swift or hasty way
- Games, Sports
- to hit, kick, throw, drive, or propel (a ball, marble, etc.) toward the objective
- ☆ to roll (dice)
- to make or score (a goal, points, total strokes, etc.)
- to play (golf, pool, craps, etc.)
- to make (a specified bet), as in craps
Origin: Middle English shoten ; from Old English sceotan, akin to Old Norse skjōta, German schiessen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)keud-, to throw, shoot from source shut, Old Church Slavonic is-kydati, to throw out
- to move swiftly; rush; dart: a cat shot out of the room
- to spurt or gush: water shot from the hose
- to be felt suddenly and keenly: pain shot through his arm
- to grow or sprout, esp. rapidly
- to jut out; project
- to send forth a missile or projectile; discharge bullets, arrows, etc.; go off; fire
- to use guns, bows and arrows, etc., as in hunting
- to have skill in using a gun, etc.
- to photograph a scene or subject
- to start the cameras working in photographing a scene or film ()
- to propel a ball, etc. toward the objective
- to roll dice
- the act of shooting
- a shooting trip, party, or contest: a turkey shoot
- a round of shots in a shooting contest
- the action of growing or sprouting
- a new growth; sprout or twig
- action or motion like that of something shot, as of water from a hose
- the launching of a rocket, guided missile, etc.
- ☆ a sloping trough or channel; chute
- a body of ore in a vein, usually elongated and vertical or steeply inclined
- a twinge or spasm of pain
- a period of photographing or filming, esp. away from the studio: a fashion shoot, a three-month shoot in Rome
Origin: euphemism for shitused to express anger, disgust, disappointment, etc.
- used to tell a person to begin talking: OK, now I'm ready—shoot!