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

Example Sentences

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
Daizen Maeda made the sliding shot and goal before it was disallowed. Usa Today Sports Staff, USA TODAY, 23 Nov. 2022 Berhalter made it to the global stage, nearly scoring the equalizer against Germany in the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals in Korea (a controversial non-call on a potential handling violation allowed the shot to be cleared off the line). Frank Dell'apa, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Nov. 2022 There is no vaccine for RSV, though development of the shot is underway. Jenna Carlesso, Hartford Courant, 22 Nov. 2022 The shot was uploaded to social media as an example of Ukrainian troops pushing Russian soldiers off their land. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 22 Nov. 2022 This time Ochoa appeared to deke the Polish captain, faking to his right then diving back hard to his left, smothering the shot. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2022 The sequence initially started when Booker fouled Austin Reaves and hit Reaves in the face trying to block the shot with Phoenix up 10 points with 3:55 left in the game. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 22 Nov. 2022 Physically, for starters: DP Caroline Guimbal shoots many of the scenes at the youth center and at the school from an uncomfortably close range where Samson often takes over the entire shot. Manuel Betancourt, Variety, 22 Nov. 2022 The shot was taken around Christmas 2019 and released to mark the start of a new decade in January 2020. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 21 Nov. 2022
Adjective
Second, its metal influences lend it a bracing forcefulness akin to slamming an empty shot glass onto a wooden bar. Andrew R. Chow, Time, 22 Nov. 2022 Jana Kramer, Ryan McPartlin, Steve Vinovich, Maria Menounos and Brandon Ford Green star in this tender romance about a big-shot interior designer returning home for the holidays to help restore an old inn. Emy Lacroix, Peoplemag, 21 Nov. 2022 Instead of coming home to open arms and a reward for his loyalty, he's shunted off by his employer's big-shot son to Tulsa, seemingly picked at random as a place in the middle of nowhere to stick an old gangster. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 12 Nov. 2022 After a five-year run of hot-shot quarterbacks lighting up scoreboards and leaving defenses with few answers, the pendulum has turned away from the offense for a ... Election Deal! Josh Dubow, ajc, 9 Nov. 2022 At Bishop Stang, Jacob Cookinham has rapidly developed into one of the nation’s most promising shot putters. Ethan Fuller, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Nov. 2022 The drug company raised its revenue projection for the year, even as overall demand for its Covid-19 shot declines. Francesca Fontana, WSJ, 4 Nov. 2022 There’s strategic shot placement to be made, and coordinated footwork to execute. Caira Conner, The Atlantic, 4 Nov. 2022 However, the pain has not dissipated from the shot location. Lois K. Solomon, Sun Sentinel, 2 Nov. 2022 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 5 Dec. 2022.

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

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past and past participle of shoot

shot

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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

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past and past part of shoot

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