Hit meaning

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The definition of a hit is an impact or a successful result.

An example of a hit is a town that was ravaged by a tornado.

An example of a hit is a best-selling book.

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To ignite a mixture of air and fuel in the cylinders. Used of an internal-combustion engine.
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To come into contact with forcefully; strike.

The car hit the guardrail.

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(games) To deal cards to.
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To come against, usually with force; strike.

The car hit the tree.

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(slang) To murder.
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Hit is defined as to strike or collide with.

An example of to hit is to swing a bat and contact a baseball with it.

An example of to hit is for a car to crash into a tree.

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A successful or popular venture.

A Broadway hit.

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To give a blow to; strike; knock.
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To strike so as to deliver (a blow)
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(informal) To apply oneself to steadily or frequently.

To hit the books.

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(slang) To demand or require of.

She hit me up for a loan.

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To attack suddenly.
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To knock, bump, or strike.
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To come by accident or after search.
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To ignite the combustible mixture in its cylinders.
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A blow, shot, etc. that strikes its mark.
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To press or push (a key or button, for example).

Hit the return key by mistake.

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(sports) To bite on or take (bait or a lure). Used of a fish.
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To strike or deal a blow.
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To achieve or find something desired or sought.

Finally hit on the answer; hit upon a solution to the problem.

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(sports) To score by shooting, especially in basketball.

Hit on 7 of 8 shots.

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An apt or effective remark.
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(baseball) A base hit.
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(slang) A murder planned and carried out usually by a member of an underworld syndicate.
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To strike by throwing or shooting a missile at.

To hit the target.

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To cause to knock, bump, or strike, as in falling, moving, etc.

To hit one's head on a door.

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To affect strongly or adversely so as to distress or harm.

A town hit hard by floods.

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To come upon by accident or after search; find; light upon.

To hit the right answer.

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To arrive at (a place or point); reach; attain.

Stocks hit a new high.

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To go to; visit.

We hit all the art galleries in town.

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Strike (variously)
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(slang) To supply with a drug, etc.
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(card games) In blackjack, to deal another card to.
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To give a blow or blows; strike.
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A collision of one thing with another.
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An effectively witty or sarcastic remark.
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A stroke of good fortune.
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A successful and popular song, singer, book, author, etc.
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(slang) A murder, as by a hired murderer or an assassin.
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(slang) A dose of a drug, a drink of alcoholic liquor, etc.
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(backgammon) A game won by a player after one or more of the opponent's men have been removed from the board.
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(informal) Designating or of a very successful and popular movie, recording, etc.
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(1) A successful match. See hits and hit rate. See also Mechanical Turk.
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To administer a blow to.

One boy hit the other.

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To come into contact with forcefully and suddenly.

The ball hit the fence.

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(colloquial) To briefly visit.

We hit the grocery store on the way to the park.

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(informal) To encounter.

We hit a lot of traffic coming back from the movies.

You'll hit some nasty thunderstorms if you descend too late.

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(informal) To reach or achieve.

We hit Detroit at one in the morning but kept driving through the night.

The temperature could hit 110° F tomorrow.

The movie hits theaters in December.

I hit the jackpot.

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(intransitive) To meet or reach what was aimed at or desired; to succeed, often by luck.
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The economy was hit by a recession.

The hurricane hit his fishing business hard.

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(slang) To kill a person, usually on the instructions of a third party.

Hit him tonight and throw the body in the river.

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(card games) In blackjack, to deal a card to.

Hit me.

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(intransitive, baseball) To come up to bat.

Jones hit for the pitcher.

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(computing, programming) To use; to connect to.

The external web servers hit DBSRV7, but the internal web server hits DBSRV3.

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(US, slang) To have sex with.

I'd hit that.

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(US, slang) To inhale an amount of smoke from a narcotic substance, particularly marijuana.

I hit that bong every night after work.

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To guess; to light upon or discover.
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(backgammon) To take up, or replace by a piece belonging to the opposing player; said of a single unprotected piece on a point.
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A blow; a punch; a striking against; the collision of one body against another; the stroke that touches anything.

The hit was very slight.

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A success, especially in the entertainment industry.

The band played their hit song to the delight of the fans.

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An attack on a location, person or people.
  • In the game of Battleship, a correct guess at where one's opponent ship is.
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(computing, Internet) The result(s) of a search of a computer system or, for example, the entire Internet using a search engine.
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(Internet) A measured visit to a web site, a request for a single file from a web server.

My site received twice as many hits after being listed in a search engine.

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An approximately correct answer in a test set.
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(baseball) The complete play, when the batter reaches base without the benefit of a walk, error, or fielder’s choice.

The catcher got a hit to lead off the fifth.

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(colloquial) A dose of an illegal or addictive drug.

Where am I going to get my next hit?

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A premeditated murder done for criminal or political purposes.
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(dated) A peculiarly apt expression or turn of thought; a phrase which hits the mark.

A happy hit.

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A game won at backgammon after the adversary has removed some of his men. It counts for less than a gammon.
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(dialectal) It.
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Acronym of High-intensity Interval Training.
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Acronym of High-Intensity Training.
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(baseball) To bat or bat well.

Their slugger hasn't been hitting lately.

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(slang) hit it big
  • To be successful:
    Investors who hit it big on the stock market.
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(informal) hit it off
  • To get along well together.
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(informal) hit the books
  • To study, especially with concentrated effort.
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(slang) hit the bottle
  • To engage in drinking alcoholic beverages.
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(slang) hit the bricks
  • To go on strike.
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(slang) hit the fan
  • To have serious, usually adverse consequences.
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(informal) hit the ground running
  • To begin a venture with great energy, involvement, and competence.
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(slang) hit the hay
  • To go to bed:
    Hit the hay well before midnight.
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hit the high points
  • To direct attention to the most important points or places.
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hit the jackpot
  • To become highly and unexpectedly successful, especially to win a great deal of money.
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hit the nail on the head
  • To be absolutely right.
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(slang) hit the road
  • To set out, as on a trip; leave.
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(slang) hit the roof
  • To express anger, especially vehemently.
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hit the spot
  • To give total or desired satisfaction, as food or drink.
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hit the wall
  • To become suddenly and extremely fatigued, especially when participating in an endurance sport, such as running.
  • To lose effectiveness suddenly or come to an end:
    The stock rally hit the wall when interest rates rose.
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hit it off
  • to get along well together; be congenial
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hit off
  • to mimic or portray briefly and well, usually in a satirical way
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hit on
  • to make sexual advances to
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hit or miss
  • without regard to success or failure; in a haphazard or aimless way
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hit (out) at
  • to aim a blow at; try to hit
  • to attack in words; criticize severely
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hit someone over the head
  • to strike on the head
  • to emphasize repeatedly or strongly to in an excessive manner
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hit the fan
  • to become suddenly embarrassing, troublesome, etc.; have a strong negative effect
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hit the ground running
  • to work or function vigorously and effectively from the very beginning
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(slang) hit the road
  • to leave; go away
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Origin of hit

  • Middle English hitten from Old English hyttan from Old Norse hitta

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English hitten (“to hit, strike, make contact with”), from Old English hittan (“to meet with, come upon, fall in with”), probably of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse hitta (“to strike, meet”), from Proto-Germanic *hitjaną (“to come upon, find”), from Proto-Indo-European *k(')eid- (“to fall, fall upon”). Cognate with Icelandic hitta (“to meet”), Danish hitte (“to find”), Latin caedō (“fall”), Albanian qit (“to hit, throw, pull out, release”).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English hit (“it”), from Old English hit (“it”), from Proto-Germanic *hit (“this, this one”), from Proto-Indo-European *k'e-, *k'ey- (“this, here”). Cognate with Dutch het (“it”). More at it. Note 'it.

    From Wiktionary