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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • a shot made to ascertain whether the sights of a firearm are properly adjusted; a trial shot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A shot made for ascertaining the qualities of a firearm, and discovering whether the projectile will strike the spot aimed at, or another point a little above or to one side of it, as is often the case.

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