moon shot

variants: or moonshot \ ˈmün-​ˌshät How to pronounce moon shot (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 For millions of Americans struggling to find a basic job, the prospect of locating willing investors and deal lawyers seems a moon shot, and the big money will stay out of reach. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, 25 July 2022 Rollin added another moon shot off Raegan Breedlove in the sixth. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 8 Apr. 2022 Griffith described it as a moon shot—where the patient is the one taking the real risks. Brandy Schillace, Wired, 27 Jan. 2022 But his mission has morphed into the greatest moon shot of all: to bring bike racing to the American masses. Outside Online, 12 Apr. 2021 In September, the White House released a multibillion-dollar plan for improving preparedness for pandemics or other biological threats, comparing it to the ambitious Apollo moon shot program of the 1960s and 1970s. Paul Leblanc, CNN, 25 Jan. 2022 In mid-August, the first signs of an economic proposal by the league were leaked out but portrayed as more of a moon shot. Maury Brown, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2021 The Texas law is fantastically reckless—not as much a legal moon shot as a volatile rocket poised to blow up—in more than one respect. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, 3 Nov. 2021 The first three American astronauts in the moon shot program were killed within minutes. Rachel Riederer, Harper's Magazine, 26 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of moon shot

1949, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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29 Jul 2022

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“Moon shot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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