shot put


Definition of shot put

: a field event in which a shot is heaved for distance

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Other Words from shot put

shot-putter \ ˈshät-​ˌpu̇-​tər How to pronounce shot put (audio) \ noun

Examples of shot put in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An elbow injury forced Kate Powers to throw the shot put with her non-dominant hand, but the sophomore still threw 30 feet 2 inches. Jacob Levin,, "Norwood boys’ hockey team happy to have a Skating Club to call home," 7 Jan. 2021 Anyway, all of the youngsters who finished in the top five of the discus were among the leaders in 12-pound shot put action. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Around Friendswood: 5 youngsters excel at AAU national championships," 20 Aug. 2020 Substitute Leroy Sane's fierce shot put Bayern 3-1 up, though Haaland's 83rd-minute effort ensured a tense finish. John Sinnott, CNN, "Bayern Munich remains in a class of its own after 'Der Klassiker' triumph," 8 Nov. 2020 Amazon's latest Echo looks markedly different—like an oversized shot put rather than a canister design of its predecessor. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Here’s what Amazon’s new Echo speakers are like," 22 Oct. 2020 But it should be noted that five youngsters from Friendswood were also at the national championship meet and did very well in the shot put and discus events as well, but in older age divisions. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Around Deer Park: 2 local kids are national champions," 20 Aug. 2020 Home team Centennial's guys sat on wooden benches on the edges of two shot put sectors on the stadium's west end. Paul Klauda, Star Tribune, "Prep football's return echoes more loudly than usual across Minnesota," 10 Oct. 2020 The Somerset Canyons Academy student is a talent in the hammer throw (165), discus (55), shot put (42) and weight throw (50). Emmett Hall,, "Track and field athletes attract attention of college scouts," 27 Aug. 2020 Greene holds five of the top 10 all-time shot put performance in Carroll County girls track history, according to information from Pat Stoetzer,, "Loss of Shirl Dorsey Greene adds to solemn year for Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame," 17 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of shot put

1887, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of shot put was in 1887

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16 Jan 2021

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“Shot put.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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