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Definition of shot

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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
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 By the Associated Press: PHOENIX – Rookie Gavin Lux hit two homers, including a three-run shot in the 10th inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied from four runs down to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-9 on Tuesday night. Nick Piecoro, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Diamondbacks squander big lead in loss to Los Angeles Dodgers," 10 Sep. 2020 Gyorko led off the third with a home run, and Nottingham hit a two-run shot in the fourth. Noah Trister, Star Tribune, "Brewers hit 5 homers and 8 doubles, pound Tigers 19-0," 9 Sep. 2020 The rout continued from there, as Gyorko led off the third with a homer to right and Nottingham hit a two-run shot to left-center in the fourth after Taylor opened the inning by reaching on an infield single. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 19, Tigers 0: Complete and total domination," 9 Sep. 2020 The third homer was a three-run shot in the 11th inning lifting San Francisco over the Colorado Rockies 9-4. The Enquirer, "This date in baseball history: Milwaukee Brewers tie home run record vs. Cincinnati Reds," 9 Sep. 2020 Speaking of towering home runs, Dubón hit one an inning later, this one down the line in left, a two-run shot that tied the game 5-5. John Shea,, "Homer-happy Giants laugh at deficit, rally to beat Mariners," 8 Sep. 2020 Trout crushed a 1-2 fastball from right-hander Brandon Bielak for a two-run shot to right in the third inning to set the club mark. Analis Bailey, USA TODAY, "Mike Trout becomes Angels' all-time home run leader after hitting No. 300," 7 Sep. 2020 Trout drove a sinker from Lance McCullers Jr. over the wall in center for a two-run shot in the first inning for No. 299 of his 10-year career, matching Tim Salmon for the franchise mark. Joe Reedy, Houston Chronicle, "Mike Trout ties Angels' HR record, then scores winning run against Astros," 5 Sep. 2020 Dickerson hit a two-run shot in a four-run fourth against Snell. Mark Didtler,, "Offense finally touches up Rays pitchers as Marlins get back to .500," 5 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Mallory was a Norwegian tennis legend who played in a long white skirt and hammered a shot people called a forehand drive that was the most lethal weapon of her era. Wayne Coffey, USA TODAY, "Buckle up! Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka promise wild ride in US Open semifinal," 10 Sep. 2020 On the play, Heat center Bam Adebayo was called for a foul on a shot Bucks center Brook Lopez appeared to swing his leg forward, one of this season’s officiating points of emphasis. Ira Winderman,, "For Heat’s Spoelstra, more is challenging than just the Bucks," 7 Sep. 2020 Then, break enough stems to the left, right and front for shot opportunities. Josh Honeycutt, Outdoor Life, "10 Natural Ground Blinds That Keep You Hidden from Deer," 31 Aug. 2020 The Eagles’ success is because of her ability to get her teammates involved to create shot opportunities and coach them up on the defensive end, according to Rees. Kyle J. Andrews,, "McDonogh guard, Illinois commit Jayla Oden unsatisfied despite stardom: ‘Still trying to be No. 1 in my book’," 31 Aug. 2020 The new Prairie Storm 16-gauge options include 2¾-inch, 1¼-ounce with shot size of No. 4, 5 or 6 loaded to 1,425 fps. Field & Stream, "Answering the Call," 26 Aug. 2020 Clifford said the Magic must continue to look for seams in the Bucks’ defense as getting in the paint creates better shot opportunities. Roy Parry,, "Magic emphasizing strong start for Game 4 against Bucks," 23 Aug. 2020 Unlike Haliburton, Hayes appears to have more upside as a shot creator. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons should target these 5 prospects in 2020 NBA draft," 23 Aug. 2020 Compare the shot chart for the Jazz starting five vs. the Nuggets starting five. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, "The Triple Team: Donovan Mitchell shows off his playmaking, shredding Nuggets defense for Jazz win in Game 2," 20 Aug. 2020

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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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13 Sep 2020

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“Shot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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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
: a person who shoots a gun

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


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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


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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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