shot put


shot put

noun

Definition of SHOT PUT

:  a field event in which a shot is heaved for distance
shot–put·ter \ˈshät-ˌp-tər\ noun

First Known Use of SHOT PUT

1898

shot put

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Field event in which a metal ball is heaved for distance. It derives from the ancient event of “putting the stone”; later a shot (cannonball) was substituted. A 16-lb (7.3-kg) shot was adopted for men in the first modern Olympic Games (1896); an 8.8-lb (4-kg) weight is used by women.

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