moon shot

noun
variants: or moonshot \ ˈmün-​ˌshät How to pronounce moonshot (audio) \
plural moon shots or moonshots

Definition of moon shot

1a : a spacecraft mission to the moon And among the nearly endless tasks that had to be completed for the Apollo moon shot, one woman spearheaded a critical engineering project: testing all the small gear the astronauts would take with them to the lunar surface.— Kathryn Tully
b : an extremely ambitious project or mission undertaken to achieve a monumental goal He is leading biology's moon shot; the Human Genome Project, a $3 billion, 15-year effort to pinpoint the location of all 100,000 human genes.— Paul Hoffman This month, a group of billionaires … announced a moonshot of their own—a $1 billion joint venture to develop clean energy technology and bring it to market.— Alan Fleischmann
2 sports : a hit or thrown ball that travels a great distance with a high trajectory … paused at the plate to admire the second of the three homers—a moon shot that landed a few rows short of a homemade sign in the rightfield bleachers …— Tim Crothers White's pass, like his 43-yard touchdown to Tony Hill in the fourth quarter, was a moon shot, a high arching thing that took an hour to come down.— Paul Zimmerman

Examples of moon shot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel had launched a moon shot into the left-field stands and Zack Greinke, one of the Astros’ trio of aces, was methodically working a one-hitter. Michael Powell, New York Times, "For Astros in the World Series, a Surprising Hook and a Sudden Fall," 31 Oct. 2019 Environmental outlook Warren pitches her environmental agenda as a jobs-and-stimulus package — a 21st-century version of Eisenhower’s interstate highway program or JFK’s moon shot. BostonGlobe.com, "Elizabeth Warren has more than 50 plans to fix America. The price tag tops $21 trillion - The Boston Globe," 8 Dec. 2019 Miguel Sano helped the Twins do that by planting a moon shot 482 feet away out to the third deck in center field, his 30th home run of the season. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Twins beat White Sox in wild contest," 17 Sep. 2019 Rick and Mark Armstrong, represented by Mark’s wife, Wendy, a lawyer, got the settlement after threatening to announce their concerns about their father’s treatment at a gathering at Kennedy Space Center for the 45th anniversary of the moon shot. Scott Shane, New York Times, "‘Would Dad Approve?’ Neil Armstrong’s Heirs Divide Over a Lucrative Legacy," 27 July 2019 The moon shot soared through the Busch Stadium air at 106 mph. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Royals shut out by Cardinals to start the I-70 series in St. Louis | The Kansas City Star," 21 May 2018 Gallo flied out in his first two at-bats, the first caught by Bregman in left field, and in his last as his moon shot landed in George Springer's glove at the base of the right-field wall. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "One game. One opening loss. No shortage of knee-jerking after Rangers fall to Astros | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 29 Mar. 2018 And among the nearly endless tasks that had to be completed for the Apollo moon shot, one woman spearheaded a critical engineering project: testing all the small gear the astronauts would take with them to the lunar surface. Kathryn Tully, Smithsonian, "At 21, Ann Montgomery Became a Lead Engineer at NASA, Managing the Cameras and Other Crucial Gear Used on the Moon," 1 Apr. 2012 The very term moon shot may not have originated with the Apollo missions, but in the Los Angeles Coliseum, in the 1950s. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Why 'Moon Shot' Has No Place in the 21st Century," 16 July 2019

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1949, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Moon shot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moon%20shot. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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