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

No one with a shot of winning advocates shifting allegiance back to Russia from the EU. Washington Post, "Legacy of Ukraine Revolution Rides on March Election: QuickTake," 18 Sep. 2019 The Colts’ defense prevented the Titans from moving into position for a potential shot at a winning field goal. BostonGlobe.com, "Frank Reich reaffirms Colts' commitment to Adam Vinatieri," 17 Sep. 2019 After Nélson Semedo brought down Jadon Sancho inside the box, Reus stepped up and fired a powerful shot which was destined to nestle in the bottom corner of the net. SI.com, "Twitter Reacts as Quality Marc-André ter Stegen Performance Reignites Germany National Team Debate," 17 Sep. 2019 The Cavaliers nearly scored first, early in the second half, when a crossing shot from senior Sydni Carroll went just wide along the goal line. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Field Hockey: Goetz, Liberty start county slate with win over South Carroll," 17 Sep. 2019 The shot offers protection for both the woman and her unborn baby. NBC News, "This year's flu season may be a bad one. Here's why you need a flu shot.," 17 Sep. 2019 And Ibrahimovic would not let the opportunity pass, erasing a 1-0 deficit in the 32nd minute by scoring off the rebound of his own missed penalty shot. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, "Soccer! Is Zlatan Ibrahimovic the best player in MLS history?," 17 Sep. 2019 Get a flu shot (does this sound like a broken record yet?). Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "How Long Does the Flu Last?," 16 Sep. 2019 By the way, that shot wasn’t universally praised in 1968. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "Wednesday at the Pickwick Theatre: 10 things you don’t know about Keir Dullea, “2001: A Space Odyssey”," 16 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Koepka lost all but one shot of his record seven-shot lead Sunday. Doug Ferguson, The Seattle Times, "Koepka survives Bethpage Black to win PGA Championship," 20 May 2019 Police said Gerry Zaragoza then fatally shot acquaintance Azucena Lepe, 45, and critically wounded a man at a gas station in North Hollywood, where a small memorial of candles stood with a photo of Lepe. Washington Post, "Friends remember victims of shooting rampage in Los Angeles," 26 July 2019 Police say Zaragoza then fatally shot acquaintance Azucena Lepe and wounded a man, who was in critical condition, at a gas station in North Hollywood. Washington Post, "The Latest: 3 of 4 slain in Los Angeles rampage identified," 26 July 2019 About 600 firefighters, with help from air tankers, bulldozers and hot shot hand crews, continue to battle the Cellar Fire, which has now scorched more than 7,400 acres south of Prescott, fire officials said in a daily update. Mike Cruz, azcentral, "Campgrounds open in Prescott National Forest as crews fight Cellar Fire," 18 July 2019 New team president Gersson Rosas needs a long-term answer at point guard, more shot creation on the wings, and plenty of help inside. Ben Golliver, courant.com, "2019 NBA mock draft: How will Pelicans build around Zion Williamson?," 18 June 2019 New team president Gersson Rosas needs a long-term answer at point guard, more shot creation on the wings, and plenty of help inside. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "2019 NBA mock draft: How will Pelicans build around Zion Williamson?," 18 June 2019 As a player, his speed and shot speed are at the college level. Tim Schwartz, baltimoresun.com, "Kelley makes Marriotts Ridge history as Howard County boys lacrosse Player of the Year," 11 June 2019 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

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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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