Definition of


  1. (noun, act) (baseball) a successful stroke in an athletic contest (especially in baseball)
  2. (noun, act) the act of contacting one thing with another
    after three misses she finally got a hit
  3. (noun, act) a conspicuous success
    that new Broadway show is a real smasher
    the party went with a bang
  4. (noun, event) (physics) a brief event in which two or more bodies come together
  5. (noun, artifact) a dose of a narcotic drug
  6. (noun, act) a murder carried out by an underworld syndicate
  7. (noun, act) a connection made via the internet to another website
  8. (verb, contact) cause to move by striking
  9. (verb, contact) hit against; come into sudden contact with
    He struck the table with his elbow
  10. (verb, contact) deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument
  11. (verb, motion) reach a destination, either real or abstract
    The water reached the doorstep
    We barely made it to the finish line
    I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts
  12. (verb, contact) affect or afflict suddenly, usually adversely
    He was stricken with cancer when he was still a teenager
    The earthquake struck at midnight
  13. (verb, competition) hit with a missile from a weapon
  14. (verb, possession) encounter by chance
  15. (verb, competition) gain points in a game
    He hit a home run
    He hit .300 in the past season
  16. (verb, perception) cause to experience suddenly
    An interesting idea hit her
    A thought came to me
    The thought struck terror in our minds
    They were struck with fear
  17. (verb, competition) make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target
    We must strike the enemy's oil fields
    in the fifth inning, the Giants struck, sending three runners home to win the game 5 to 2
  18. (verb, social) kill intentionally and with premeditation
  19. (verb, motion) drive something violently into a location
    she struck her head on the low ceiling
  20. (verb, motion) reach a point in time, or a certain state or level
    This car can reach a speed of 140 miles per hour
  21. (verb, contact) produce by manipulating keys or strings of musical instruments, also metaphorically
    strike `z' on the keyboard
    her comments struck a sour note
  22. (verb, consumption) consume to excess
  23. (verb, competition) hit the intended target or goal
  24. (verb, communication) pay unsolicited and usually unwanted sexual attention to

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Hit


Alternate forms of Hit

Derivations: hit, hitter, hitting

Hyponyms: access, ace, backhand, bang, base hit, bash, bat, bean, belt, biff, blast, blockbuster, bludgeon, bonk, boom, bop, bottom, bottom out, bounce, box, brain, break even, breast, broadside, buff, buffet, bump, bump into, bunker, bunt, burke, butt against, cannon, carry, catch, catch up, chop, clap, clash, club, collide, come through, conk, connect, contusion, convert, cosh, crack, crash, croquet, cudgel, culminate, cut, double, drag a bunt, dribble, drive, eagle, equalise, equalize, execute, find, fly, fly ball, follow through, foul, fustigate, get, get at, get even, get through, glance, grass, ground, ground ball, ground out, groundball, grounder, gun down, have, header, heel, hole, hole out, hole up, homer, hook, hopper, jar against, kick, kill, kneecap, knock, knock against, lace into, lam into, lay into, loft, make, max out, megahit, nail, par, peak, ping, pitch, pitch into, play, plug, plunk, plunker, poke, pommel, pop, pound, pull, pummel, punch, putt, racket, rear-end, retaliate, run aground, run into, safety, sandbag, scale, scorcher, screamer, shank, shell, shoot, single, slam, sleeper, slice, slog, slug, smack, smash, smash hit, smite, snap, snick, sock, spang, spat, strike back, stroke, stub, stun, summit, surmount, swat, swig, swipe, tear into, thud, thump, thwack, toe, top, top out, triple, undercut, volley, walk, wallop, whack, wham, whang, whap, whop

Hypernyms: advance, affect, approach, arrive, assail, attack, bear on, bear upon, bring home the bacon, come, come by, come into, come through, connection, connexion, consume, contact, deliver the goods, displace, dosage, dose, effort, execution, exploit, feat, gain, gain ground, get, get ahead, have, impact, impel, impinging, ingest, injure, joining, kill, make headway, move, murder, propel, pull ahead, slaying, striking, succeed, success, take, take in, touch, touch on, touching, win, wound

Origin of the word Hit

  1. O.E. hyttan "come upon, meet with," from O.N. hitta "to light upon, meet with," from P.Gmc. *khitjanan. Meaning shifted in late O.E. period to "strike," via "to reach with a blow or missile," and replaced O.E. slean in this sense. Noun meaning "successful play, song, person," etc. first recorded 1811, from verb meaning "to hit the mark, succeed" (c.1… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Hit

'hood, hadith, haida, haiti, hat, hate, hated, hathaway, hatted, hayti, haywood, head, head-to-head, headed, headway, heady, heat, heated, heath, heed, het, heth, hew out, heyday, hiawatha, hide

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