set shot


: a two-handed shot in basketball taken from a stationary position

Examples of set shot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Starting with three straight 3s — one jumper from Hawkins and two set shots from Sanogo — UConn took a quick 9-0 lead and never trailed. Eddie Pells, Sun Sentinel, 1 Apr. 2023 The opening scene – a contemporary memorial service for gold-medal sprinter Harold Abrahams – dissolves to that beach-set shot: a couple dozen young men running down that St. Andrews seaside, in matching white togs and clashing expressions of determination, effort and ecstasy. Brad Shoup, Billboard, 23 May 2022 Yes, the set shot is unorthodox. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Feb. 2021 He’s also credited as one of the first players to utilize a jump shot when a set shot ruled the game. Dan Loumenaassistant Sports Editor, Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2022 Rhyan also set shot put and discus records while attending San Juan Hills High School (Calif.) and qualified to play for the feeder team for the Olympic USA rugby team. Rob Reischel, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 Players typically played beneath, not above, the rim, and the two-handed set shot and layups were more common than the gravity-defying moves displayed by today's players. Alan Morrell, USA TODAY, 26 Jan. 2022 The set shot all the way to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, giving the group their first of four leaders. Hugh McIntyre, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 A year ago, that jumper felt more like a set shot, complete with an awkward hitch at the top of its release. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Mar. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1937, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of set shot was in 1937

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Cite this Entry

“Set shot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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