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

What elevates the shot from sublime to great is that the basketball doesn’t go in. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Bounce, Bounce, Bounce, Bounce—and a Basketball Shot for the Ages," 13 May 2019 Advertising Another shot behind was Brooks Koepka, who has won three of the last six majors and had a 69 despite four bogeys. Doug Ferguson, The Seattle Times, "Molinari builds 2-shot lead over Woods, Finau in Masters," 14 Apr. 2019 The trailer also features a very Respawn moment, as Cal wall-runs through a bunch of blaster shots, a la Titanfall. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order revealed at Star Wars Celebration with a story-centric trailer," 13 Apr. 2019 And while a single shot fired on April 4, 1968, was the cause of death, the leader’s 39 years of life were plagued by violent anti-blackness and hatred from others based on his race and prominence as a civil rights leader. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Died Because of Hatred. That Should Not Be Whitewashed," 4 Apr. 2019 Here's a shot of Mindy Kaling as her character Molly: And here's another photo of Thompson as Newbury: Late Night is directed by Nisha Ganatra. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Emma Thompson's Late Night Promises a Comedic Behind-the-Scenes Look at Network TV," 7 Mar. 2019 In a teaser for the next episode, there's a shot of Camila and Charles embracing. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "The "Riverdale" Mid-Season Finale Left Us Shook and With Multiple Questions," 13 Dec. 2018 Long Gillespie says that the shot is more effective than the spray, but the spray is better than nothing. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Is It Too Late to Get Your Flu Shot? Experts Weigh In," 3 Oct. 2018 Mattel gave their first sneak peek at the BTS dolls earlier this week, beginning with a tweet on Tuesday, March 19 that featured a close-up shot of the doll version of RM and his iconic dimple in his left cheek. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "BTS's RM Mattel Doll Features RM's Iconic Dimple," 20 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The long-shot GOP primary challenge to President Trump by William Weld, announced Monday afternoon, may help answer that question. Alex Leary, WSJ, "In Weld’s Challenge, a Long-Shot Bid for a GOP Without Trump," 16 Apr. 2019 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

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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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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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