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Definition of shot

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : an action of shooting
b : a directed propelling of a missile specifically : a directed discharge of a firearm
c(1) : a stroke or throw in an attempt to score points in a game (such as tennis, pool, or basketball) also : home run
(2) : ability to shoot has the best shot on the team
e : a medical or narcotics injection
2a plural shot : something propelled by shooting especially : small lead or steel pellets especially forming a charge for a shotgun
b : a metal sphere of iron or brass that is heaved in the shot put
3a : the distance that a missile is or can be thrown
b : range, reach
4 : a charge to be paid : scot
5 : one that shoots especially : marksman
6a : attempt, try give it a shot
c : chance sense 4a a shot at winning the prize
d : a single appearance as an entertainer did a guest shot for the program
7 : an effective remark especially : swipe sense 2 a parting shot
8a : a single photographic exposure especially : snapshot
b : a single sequence of a motion picture or a television program shot by one camera without interruption
9 : a charge of explosives
10a : a small measure or serving (such as one ounce) of undiluted liquor or other beverage vodka shots a shot of espresso
b : a small amount applied at one time : dose a shot of fertilizer a shot of humor
11 shot plural : sprinkles, jimmies
a shot
: for each one : apiece
like a shot
: very rapidly
shot in the arm shot in the dark
1 : a wild guess
2 : an attempt that has little chance of success


Definition of shot (Entry 2 of 3)

past tense and past participle of shoot



Definition of shot (Entry 3 of 3)

1a of a fabric : having contrasting and changeable color effects : iridescent
b : suffused or streaked with a color hair shot with gray
c : infused or permeated with a quality or element shot through with wit
2 : having the form of pellets resembling shot
3 : reduced to a ruined or useless state his nerves are shot

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Synonyms for shot

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of shot in a Sentence

Noun cannon operators often had to use several shots to figure out the range of their targets let's take another shot at the puzzle Adjective The tires on the car are shot.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Most countries in Africa have only given enough vaccine to cover less than 5% of their populations with a two-dose shot., 12 Sep. 2021 As Delta continues to wreak havoc in the U.S., boosting people’s immunity with a third shot seems like an easy solution. Fortune, 9 Sep. 2021 Turner pushed the lead to a 7-2 with a two-run shot in the ninth and 23rd of the year. Steve Overbey, ajc, 8 Sep. 2021 This Hard Knocks season opened with a close-up shot of Prescott’s scarred right ankle. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, 8 Sep. 2021 Set to delicate instrumental music, the minute-and-a-half long video starts with a shot of Jenner's positive pregnancy test and shows the reaction of her boyfriend, rapper Travis Scott. Andrea Towers,, 8 Sep. 2021 The sequence begins outside on Broadway with an overhead crane shot of the Ed Sullivan marquee. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 7 Sep. 2021 The video concludes with an adorable shot of Stormi kissing her mom's growing baby belly. Benjamin Vanhoose,, 7 Sep. 2021 Or at a minimum, go into the Oregon game with a shot? oregonlive, 5 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective With boosters being planned in the US as early as the fall for those who got the two-shot Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, recipients of the single-dose J&J jab might be wondering just how well their protection is holding up., 22 Aug. 2021 Sure, that's a long-shot scenario, because the party base belongs to Trump. Gloria Borger, CNN, 4 May 2021 Initially seen as a long-shot gambit, the movement caught fire and the recall is now on the verge of qualifying for the ballot. Dustin Gardiner, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Apr. 2021 Last year, as a group of Baltimore Sun reporters embarked on long-shot endeavor to find a new owner that could save their paper from a hedge-fund takeover, a former Maryland politician gave them a piece of advice. Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2021 And top-grossing apps like Marvel Contest of Champions similarly invite players to spend real money on long-shot chances at better characters. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, 2 Nov. 2020 Pauly says in the trailer, before Vinny holds up a shot glass to toast the 17 women competing for his heart. Ally Mauch,, 26 Aug. 2021 Ginger serves their oysters with a kick, freshly shucked into a shot glass with a spicy sake tomato water. Mara Severin, Anchorage Daily News, 27 June 2021 However, offensive goaltending is lost in the quirky rule that the inbounds throw-in is a pass therefore not a shot attempt. Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2021

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First Known Use of shot


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for shot


Middle English, from Old English sceot, scot; akin to Old High German scuz, Old Norse skot shot, Old English scēotan to shoot — more at shoot

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14 Sep 2021

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“Shot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of shot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an act of shooting a gun
: the objects (called ammunition) that are shot from cannons and other old-fashioned weapons



English Language Learners Definition of shot (Entry 3 of 2)

: in a very bad condition
: having threads of a different color woven in
: having a particular color, quality, feature, etc., throughout


\ ˈshät How to pronounce shot (audio) \

Kids Definition of shot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act of shooting The shot missed.
2 plural shot : a bullet, ball, or pellet for a gun or cannon
3 : attempt entry 2, try Take another shot at the puzzle.
4 : chance entry 1 sense 4 You have a shot at winning.
5 : the flight of a projectile or the distance it travels : range They were within rifle shot.
6 : a person who shoots That hunter is a good shot.
7 : a heavy metal ball thrown for distance in a track-and-field contest ( shot put )
8 : an act of hitting, throwing, or kicking a ball or puck toward or into a goal
9 : an injection of something (as medicine) into the body


Kids Definition of shot (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense and past participle of shoot


\ ˈshät How to pronounce shot (audio) \

Medical Definition of shot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an injection of a drug, immunizing substance, nutrient, or medicament a tetanus shot — see booster shot, flu shot


Medical Definition of shot (Entry 2 of 2)

past and past part of shoot

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