- Historical a small shield, esp. a round one
- a round, flat board, straw coil, etc., often one marked with concentric circles, set up to be aimed at, as in archery or rifle practice
- any object that is shot at, thrown at, etc.
- an objective; goal
- a date aimed at, as for the completion of a projectalso target date
- someone or something that is the focus of attention, interest, etc.
- a ship, building, site, etc. that is the object of a military attack
- an object of verbal attack, criticism, or ridicule
- something resembling a target in shape or use; specif.,
- the sliding sight on a surveyor's leveling rod
- a disk-shaped signal on a railroad switch
- a metallic insert, usually of tungsten or molybdenum, in the anode of an X-ray tube, upon which the stream of cathode rays impinges and from which X-rays emanate
- a surface, object, etc. subjected to irradiation or to bombardment as by nuclear particles
Origin of targetMiddle English from Middle French targette, diminutive of targe, a shield from Frankish an unverified form targa, akin to targe