moon shot

noun
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 The bet that Meir and Elgrably appear to be making is certainly no moon shot. Gus Alexiou, Forbes, "RightHear Orientation App For The Blind – A Future Echo For Accessible Indoor Spaces," 17 Mar. 2021 Brito, who homered on Saturday as well, smashed a moon shot to left to lead off the fourth. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Oregon softball completes weekend sweep of Fresno State," 21 Feb. 2021 Stan and Paul’s friendship, which had brought both men to fairy-dust riches, was permanently, irrevocably ceased with the collapse of their audacious corporate moon shot. Abraham Riesman, Vulture, "Stan Lee and the Dot-Com Disaster," 12 Feb. 2021 When Joey Gallo gave the Rangers a 3-2 lead with a moon shot in the top of the 10th, the Padres faced one of the best closers in baseball thus far. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Grand slam feast continues as Padres flash thrilling, historic power," 20 Aug. 2020 In addition to his post at UCSF, DeRisi is also co-president of CZ Biohub, Zuckerberg and Chan's $600 million moon shot in the fight against human disease. Daniel Duane, Wired, "San Francisco Was Uniquely Prepared for Covid-19," 11 Aug. 2020 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

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First Known Use of moon shot

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 10 May. 2021.

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