Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the launching of a missile or spacecraft to a specified destination
  2. (noun, act) the act of firing a projectile
  3. (noun, act) (sports) the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand
    a good shot requires good balance and tempo
    he left me an almost impossible shot
  4. (noun, act) the act of putting a liquid into the body by means of a syringe
  5. (noun, act) informal words for any attempt or effort
    he took a stab at forecasting
  6. (noun, act) an attempt to score in a game
  7. (noun, act) a blow hard enough to cause injury
    I caught him with a solid shot to the chin
  8. (noun, artifact) a solid missile discharged from a firearm
  9. (noun, artifact) an explosive charge used in blasting
  10. (noun, artifact) sports equipment consisting of a heavy metal ball used in the shot put
  11. (noun, artifact) an informal photograph; usually made with a small hand-held camera
    he tried to get unposed shots of his friends
  12. (noun, cognition) an estimate based on little or no information
  13. (noun, communication) a consecutive series of pictures that constitutes a unit of action in a film
  14. (noun, communication) an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect
    she threw shafts of sarcasm
    she takes a dig at me every chance she gets
  15. (noun, person) a person who shoots (usually with respect to their ability to shoot)
    a poor shooter
  16. (noun, quantity) a small drink of liquor
  17. (noun, state) a chance to do something
  18. (adj, all) varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles
    chatoyant (or shot) silk
    a dragonfly hovered, vibrating and iridescent

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Shot

  1. O.E. scot, sceot "an act of shooting, that which is discharged in shooting," from P.Gmc. *skutan (cf. O.N. skutr, O.Fris. skete, M.Du. scote, Ger. Schu? "a shot"), related to sceotan "to shoot" (see shoot). Meaning "discharge of a bow, missile," is from O.E. gesceot; extended to other projectiles in M.E., and to sports (ho… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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