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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
But that power slump ended with a solo homer to right-center on a 2-and-2 sweeper from Milwaukee starter Aaron Civale in the first inning, and another solo shot in the third, this one to left field on a first-pitch sweeper from Civale, for a 2-0 Dodgers lead. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 6 July 2024 But while the tournament will be a shot of adrenaline for esports, its launch has refreshed existing concerns about the industry’s relationship with Saudi Arabia. Ben Church, CNN, 6 July 2024 The Florence Police Department says that the victims were attending a 21st birthday party when shots rang out. Ahjané Forbes, USA TODAY, 6 July 2024 Many posted vibrant shots of the fireworks or red, white and blue lights on city landmarks like the Hoan Bridge. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 5 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for shot 

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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

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Cite this Entry

“Shot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shot. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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

3 of 3 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

2 of 2

past and past part of shoot

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