shot

noun
\ ˈshät How to pronounce shot (audio) \

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

shot

Definition of shot (Entry 2 of 3)

past tense and past participle of shoot

shot

adjective

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

blasting, discharge, firing

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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

The conversation then took a shift, with everyone at the table taking shots at Tristan and demanding that the NBA star start receiving just as much backlash for his actions as Jordyn. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Host Meghan McCain Gets Heated Over Jordyn Woods and Tristan Thompson Drama," 27 Feb. 2019 Text in the code suggests the mode will work in a similar way to Night Sight, taking multiple shots and using software to combine them together. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Samsung is working on a Night Sight response called Bright Night," 21 Dec. 2018 Drake has done the same, referencing beefs at his concerts and taking shots at his rivals in songs that are seemingly written and shipped overnight. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Ariana Grande’s greatest asset isn’t her amazing voice. It’s her resilience.," 11 Nov. 2018 That could give tech companies another shot at dialing back some of the parts of the California law that worry them most. John D. Mckinnon, WSJ, "Partisan Rift Threatens Federal Data-Privacy Law," 17 Feb. 2019 In a year that brought bad news and more bad news, Bodys Isek Kingelez’s brik-brak fantasy models at MoMA were shots of pure joy. Mark Lamster, Curbed, "2018 in architecture: The good, the bad, and the urbanism," 27 Dec. 2018 Timing that release with the move to free-to-play could convince an entire new generation of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds players to give Counter-Strike a shot...maybe. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Counter-Strike: Global Offensive goes free-to-play, adds a battle royale mode called Danger Zone," 6 Dec. 2018 Either way, adding that pool of popular hardware will allow for many more consumers to give the service a shot and see if the pricing model and performance are preferable over Fi’s larger competitors. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Google will reportedly open Project Fi to iPhone, Samsung, and OnePlus this week," 27 Nov. 2018 And ironically, these good practices give Bali a shot at influencing the dialogue around conscious tourism. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Finding the Bali You Came For," 16 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Deciem has scrubbed its Instagram account of many of Truaxe’s old posts and resumed a more traditional social media marketing campaign, posting professionally shot videos of its employees and announcing a Black Friday sale and new products. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "What the latest report on skin care company Deciem reveals about its troubled founder," 3 Dec. 2018 As far as Strzok is concerned, that seems to be an open and shot case for firing. Fox News, "FBI's Andrew McCabe fired, DOJ releases statement," 16 Mar. 2018 Florida lawmakers passed a school-safety bill less than a month after 17 people were fatally shot February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Brandon Griggs And Dakin Andone, CNN, "Since Parkland, 14 states have introduced 25 measures to arm teachers and staff. Only 1 has passed," 21 May 2018 Of them, at least 90 of the people fatally shot - 18 percent - have been black. Alex Horton, Anchorage Daily News, "Pennsylvania officer who killed Antwon Rose charged with criminal homicide," 27 June 2018 Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is openly exploring what would be a more long-shot presidential bid. Ronald Brownstein, CNN, "How California became the blue state alternative to Trump," 15 May 2018 Dan Freilich is a doctor who is waging a long-shot primary battle against Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., a co-sponsor of one of the versions of the legislation. chicagotribune.com, "Congressional challengers use bill backed by drug companies against incumbents," 13 May 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, who was shot 5 1/2 years ago by Pakistani Taliban militants for championing girls' education, made a surprise return to her home country Thursday for the first time since the attack. Shashank Bengali, latimes.com, "Malala Yousafzai makes emotional return to Pakistan for the first time since shooting," 29 Mar. 2018 Lowe says officers went inside in an attempt to apprehend the suspect who then fatally shot one officer and wounded the others. Fox News, "The Latest: Officers were sent to wrong house and then shot," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of shot

Noun

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

Adjective

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for shot

Noun

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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More Definitions for shot

shot

noun

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
: a person who shoots a gun

shot

adjective

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

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

shot

noun
\ 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

shot

Kids Definition of shot (Entry 2 of 2)

past tense and past participle of shoot

shot

noun
\ 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

shot

Medical Definition of shot (Entry 2 of 2)

past and past part of shoot

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