shot

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noun

1
a
: 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
2
a
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
3
a
: the distance that a missile is or can be thrown
b
4
: a charge to be paid : scot
5
: one that shoots
especially : marksman
6
a
: 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
8
a
: 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
10
a
: 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

shot

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past tense and past participle of shoot

shot

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adjective

1
a
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
Phrases
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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Missouri did a great job forcing Arkansas into 25 3-point attempts, which is the most shots from downtown Arkansas has taken throughout the SEC season. Jackson Fuller, Kansas City Star, 24 Feb. 2024 The Crusaders missed an open-net shot over the crossbar from seven yards out in the 27th minute, had a shot hit the right post in the 30th minute, and couldn’t convert on several prime opportunities deep in the Bonita Vista defensive end. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Feb. 2024 Mexico put 19 shots on target against the Dominicans, who have been outshot 60-3 and outscored 13-0 in their two games. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 24 Feb. 2024 Glendale police reported that an incident, described as a drug deal gone wrong on Feb. 17, resulted in the death of one man and shots fired at residents of an apartment complex. The Arizona Republic, 24 Feb. 2024 Even when the Wildcats could get off a shot it was usually contested by a Faith Family defender. Charles Baggarly, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 23 Feb. 2024 But then Susan is sent back inside for another shot. Mike Spies, The New Yorker, 23 Feb. 2024 This allows for sharper shots versus using the zoom on your smartphone, which diminishes the resolution. Lauren Breedlove, Travel + Leisure, 23 Feb. 2024 The video starts with a shot of a hanging donut cut-out meant to toss a football through. Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 12 Feb. 2024
Adjective
Cut out doughnuts using a 2-inch doughnut or biscuit cutter for small doughnuts or a 4-inch cutter for large doughnuts; alternatively use a shot glass or a 1-inch round cutter to make the hole. Kimberly Winter Stern, Kansas City Star, 25 Jan. 2024 Gather your friends, spin the roulette wheel, and let the festivities begin as everyone takes their chances with the shot glass selection. Jessica Copeland, Rolling Stone, 8 Dec. 2023 This is a tequila meant to be sipped in a tumbler, not slurped down in a shot glass. Ron Hart, SPIN, 22 Nov. 2023 Indiana desperately needs another 3-point shooter, a shot creator, and assist machine in the backcourt, and Clark checks all of those boxes. Chloe Peterson, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Sep. 2023 Place cloves or a whole bulb, that has started to sprout, in a clear glass container (like a jar, drinking glass, or shot glass) positioned upright and fill it with just enough warm water so that less than half the clove or bulb is covered. Arricca Elin Sansone, Southern Living, 5 Sep. 2023 This is important since the Skin Cancer Foundation notes that adults should be applying a roughly nickel-sized dollop of sunscreen to their face, and the American Academy of Dermatology advises adults to use a one-ounce amount (about the size of a shot glass) for the entire body. Dorian Smith-Garcia, Parents, 7 Aug. 2023 Students have 30 calendar days to turn in their physical and shot records or they will be dismissed. Attend the school’s open house to meet your child’s teacher. Dr. Shanessa Fenner, Essence, 18 Aug. 2023 Smart cut that off so Haliburton tried to step back for a 3, got Smart to bite on a shot fake, but Haliburton was off balance and had to hang in the air to avoid getting his shot blocked and heaved it off the back of the iron. Dustin Dopirak, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Adjective

1763, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of shot was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near shot

Cite this Entry

“Shot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shot. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

shot

1 of 3 noun
1
a
: an action of shooting
b
: an aimed discharge of a weapon (as a gun or cannon)
c
: a stroke or throw in a game
especially : an attempt at scoring
d
: an injection of something (as a medicine or vaccine) into the body
penicillin shots
2
a
plural shot : something sent by shooting
especially : small lead or steel pellets forming a charge for a shotgun
b
: a heavy metal ball thrown for distance in the shot put
3
: the flight of a missile or the distance it travels : range
within rifle shot
4
: a person who shoots
a good shot
5
a
: attempt entry 2 sense 1, try
take another shot at the puzzle
b
: chance
has a good shot at winning
6
b
: a single portion of a movie or a television program shot by one camera without stopping
7
a
: a small measure or amount of alcoholic liquor
b
: a small amount applied at one time : dose

shot

2 of 3

past and past participle of shoot

shot

3 of 3 adjective
1
: marked or streaked with a different color
blue shot with silver
hair shot with gray
2
: brought to a state of ruin or uselessness
my nerves were shot
the tires are shot

Medical Definition

shot

1 of 2 noun
: an injection of a drug, immunizing substance, nutrient, or medicament
a tetanus shot
see booster shot, flu shot

shot

2 of 2

past and past part of shoot

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