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shot

noun \ ˈshät \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of shot

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
d :blast 5a
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 :range, reach
4 :a charge to be paid :scot
5 :one that shoots; especially :marksman
6 a :attempt, try
  • give it a shot
c :chance 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 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
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

  1. cannon operators often had to use several shots to figure out the range of their targets

  2. let's take another shot at the puzzle

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Origin and Etymology of 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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shot

Definition of shot

  • past tense and past participle of shoot

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shot

adjective

Definition of shot

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

Examples of shot in a Sentence

  1. The tires on the car are shot.

Recent Examples of shot from the Web

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First Known Use of shot

1763


SHOT Defined for English Language Learners

shot

noun

Definition of shot for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of shot for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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shot

noun \ ˈshät \

Definition of shot for Students

1 :the act of shooting
  • The shot missed.
2 plural shot :a bullet, ball, or pellet for a gun or cannon
3 :2attempt, try
  • Take another shot at the puzzle.
4 :1chance 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

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shot

Definition of shot for Students

  • past tense and past participle of shoot

Medical Dictionary

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shot

noun \ ˈshät \

medical Definition of shot

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

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shot

medical Definition of shot

  • past and past part of shoot


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