marks·man | \ˈmärks-mən \

Definition of marksman 

: a person skilled in shooting at a mark or target

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marksmanship \-ˌship \ noun

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sharpshooter, shooter, shot

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Examples of marksman in a Sentence

only the best marksmen can hit the bull's-eye at 500 feet

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More often, Capela attracts so much attention that Houston gets another wide open look—whether from a corner marksman or one of the best mid-range shooters in modern NBA history. Rob Mahoney,, "Breakaway: Clint Capela Stakes His Claim," 18 May 2018 The one-time Manchester United and Everton marksman batted off questions quoted in The Guardian regarding his ability in the tougher leagues in his first press conference for the U.S. capital side., "Wayne Rooney Shrugs Off Suggestions DC United Move is Career Swansong for Forward," 3 July 2018 The rifles were generally issued to soldiers with a higher level of marksman training, who could provide security as the rest of their unit went about their business or pick out and eliminate specific threats. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Army Squads Getting New Marksman Rifles," 9 Mar. 2018 His abilities as a marksman ranged from ax and knife throwing to shooting tranquilizer darts. Graydon Megan,, "Garon Fyffe, naturalist and animal expert, dies," 2 July 2018 López Obrador adapts speeches to his audiences with the precision of a marksman. Nacha Cattan,, "The Man They Call AMLO, and Why He’s Captured Mexico," 30 June 2018 Slatten, an expert marksman, fired the first shots, prosecutors say, killing the driver of the Kia, a young, unarmed Iraqi medical student. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "Former Blackwater guard goes on trial for second time for role in mass shooting in Iraq," 18 June 2018 The career marksman is a floor spacer who can start in spots or come off the bench. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "Potential free agent options if Pacers forward Thad Young opts out," 11 June 2018 The former marksman also offered his opinion on whether Real could sign ex-Barcelona superstar Neymar this summer - the Paris Saint-Germain talisman reportedly being unhappy in the French capital., "Ronaldo Backs Real Madrid Namesake to Down Bayern But Pours Cold Water on Neymar Rumours," 1 May 2018

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1641, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of marksman

: a person (especially a man) who is skilled in shooting a gun at a target


marks·man | \ˈmärks-mən \
plural marksmen\-mən \

Kids Definition of marksman

: a person who shoots well

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marksmanship \-ˌship \ noun

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