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

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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 North Carolina is shifting its vaccine distribution guidance to dissuade people from traveling long distances to receive a COVID-19 shot in the state. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine weaker against South African variant, study says; New York City could run out of doses. Latest COVID-19 updates," 18 Feb. 2021 Also on the show: Anthony Edwards took over in the fourth quarter of a close loss Tuesday to the Lakers, while Karl-Anthony Towns didn't attempt a shot in the quarter. Star Tribune, "Will Twins offseason moves finally lead to some playoff wins?," 17 Feb. 2021 Collecting and storing precious samples for eventual return to Earth will be the opening shot in a complex, multipart and megadollar endeavor called Mars Sample Return (MSR). Leonard David, Scientific American, "As Perseverance Approaches Mars, Scientists Debate Its Sampling Strategy," 15 Feb. 2021 While an ominous shot of the rubble in New Vegas hints that nothing is over, Stu and Frannie plan a trip out of Boulder. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The Stand Finale Recap: Be True," 11 Feb. 2021 After the suspect got in the vehicle with them, police said, an argument broke out and the suspect shot Fisher-Brenes in the torso. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Juvenile in custody in fatal Bedford shooting of 17-year-old girl who was buying vape cartridges," 11 Feb. 2021 Los Angeles defenseman Drew Doughty did not return because of an apparent right arm injury sustained blocking a shot by Brent Burns in the third. Dan Greenspan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Evander Kane's late goal ties game, then Sharks top Kings in shootout," 9 Feb. 2021 Oregon is about to give a shot in the arm to its seniors, but Gov. Kate Brown cautioned Oregonians on Friday the process may require a lot of patience. Tim Gruver, Washington Examiner, "'Chaos and confusion': Oregon officials tell seniors to brace for vaccination bottlenecks," 8 Feb. 2021 That was like the greatest shot in the arm for this city and for the people. Peter Finney Jr. | Editor-in-chief, NOLA.com, "Drew Brees is the 'mystery' man who prayed at this New Orleans church early each morning," 8 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Marsha Henderson has become a bit of a shot whisperer with her friends in Washington D.C., after securing doses for herself, her husband and their 40-year-old daughter who works in health care. New York Times, "The Coronavirus Crossroads: the Vaccinated, the Stymied and the Waiting," 8 Feb. 2021 New York then went 7 for 11 from behind the arc in the second and shot 68.4% overall, but Miami hit 65% of its shots and held a 60-59 edge at the break. Brian Mahoney, Star Tribune, "Adebayo, Butler help Heat beat Knicks in opener of series," 7 Feb. 2021 Currently, the ship has two shot stations, but that could be expanded to eight when Switzerland gets more vaccines. Fox News, "Empty cruise ship becomes COVID-19 vaccine center in Switzerland," 5 Feb. 2021 The Houston Astros hosted a shot day Saturday and will likely have more. Louise Radnofsky, WSJ, "You Can Go Back to the Ballpark—For a Covid Vaccination," 16 Jan. 2021 Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are thought to be about 95% effective, leaving only about 5% of people who get a shot vulnerable to an infection. oregonlive, "Some senior care staff unsure about the coronavirus vaccine as managers race to educate workers," 14 Jan. 2021 The shortest distance between two points is a straight line, but what that distance actually is—at least to a projectile flying along it—has a lot to do with shot angles. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "3 Reasons Why a New Rangefinder is Better Than Your Old One," 6 Jan. 2021 The state is distributing vaccines in Phase 1A of its vaccination plan, with shot clinics in place in hospitals, nursing homes and local health departments. Danielle Ohl, baltimoresun.com, "More than 80% of vaccines on hand in Maryland not administered," 30 Dec. 2020 Belarus conducted its own trial of Sputnik V among 100 volunteers and gave the shot regulatory approval on Dec. 21, two days before Argentina did. Time, "Belarus and Argentina Start Vaccinations With Russian Shots," 29 Dec. 2020

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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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The first known use of shot was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

22 Feb 2021

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“Shot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shot. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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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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