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noun \ˈshät\

Simple Definition of shot

  • : an act of shooting a gun

  • : the objects (called ammunition) that are shot from cannons and other old-fashioned weapons

  • : a person who shoots a gun

Full Definition of shot

  1. 1a :  an action of shootingb :  a directed propelling of a missile; specifically :  a directed discharge of a firearmc (1) :  a stroke or throw in an attempt to score points in a game (as tennis, pool, or basketball); also :  home run (2) :  ability to shoot <has the best shot on the team>d :  blast 5ae :  a medical or narcotics injection

  2. 2a plural shot :  something propelled by shooting; especially :  small lead or steel pellets especially forming a charge for a shotgunb :  a metal sphere of iron or brass that is heaved in the shot put

  3. 3a :  the distance that a missile is or can be thrownb :  range, reach

  4. 4 :  a charge to be paid :  scot

  5. 5 :  one that shoots; especially :  marksman

  6. 6a :  attempt, try <give it a shot>b :  guess, conjecturec :  chance 4a <a shot at winning the prize>d :  a single appearance as an entertainer <did a guest shot for the program>

  7. 7 :  an effective remark; especially :  swipe 2 <a parting shot>

  8. 8a :  a single photographic exposure; especially :  snapshotb :  a single sequence of a motion picture or a television program shot by one camera without interruption

  9. 9 :  a charge of explosives

  10. 10a :  a small measure or serving (as one ounce) of undiluted liquor or other beverage <vodka shots> <a shot of espresso>b :  a small amount applied at one time :  dose <a shot of fertilizer> <a shot of humor>

  11. 11 shot plural :  sprinkles, jimmies

a shot
  1. :  for each one :  apiece

like a shot
  1. :  very rapidly

shot in the arm
shot in the dark
  1. 1 :  a wild guess

  2. 2 :  an attempt that has little chance of success

Examples of shot

  1. <cannon operators often had to use several shots to figure out the range of their targets>

  2. <let's take another shot at the puzzle>

Origin of shot

Middle English, from Old English sceot, scot; akin to Old High German scuz, Old Norse skot shot, Old English scēotan to shoot — more at shoot

First Known Use: before 12th century

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Definition of shot

  1. past and past participle of shoot




Simple Definition of shot

  • : in a very bad condition

  • of a fabric : having threads of a different color woven in

  • : having a particular color, quality, feature, etc., throughout

Full Definition of shot

  1. 1a of a fabric :  having contrasting and changeable color effects :  iridescentb :  suffused or streaked with a color <hair shot with gray>c :  infused or permeated with a quality or element <shot through with wit>

  2. 2 :  having the form of pellets resembling shot

  3. 3 :  reduced to a ruined or useless state <his nerves are shot>

Examples of shot

  1. The tires on the car are shot.


First Known Use of shot


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