Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An object, such as a padded disk with a marked surface, that is shot at to test accuracy in rifle or archery practice.
  • n. Something aimed or fired at.
  • n. An object of criticism or attack.
  • n. One to be influenced or changed by an action or event.
  • n. A desired goal.
  • n. A railroad signal that indicates the position of a switch by its color, position, and shape.
  • n. The sliding sight on a surveyor's leveling rod.
  • n. A small round shield.
  • n. A structure in a television camera tube with a storage surface that is scanned by an electron beam to generate a signal output current similar to the charge-density pattern stored on the surface.
  • n. A usually metal part in an x-ray tube on which a beam of electrons is focused and from which x-rays are emitted.
  • transitive v. To make a target of.
  • transitive v. To aim at or for.
  • transitive v. To establish as a target or goal.
  • idiom on target Completely accurate, precise, or valid: observations that were right on target.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A butt or mark to shoot at, as for practice, or to test the accuracy of a firearm, or the force of a projectile.
  • n. A goal or objective.
  • n. A kind of small shield or buckler, used as a defensive weapon in war.
  • n. A shield resembling the Roman scutum. In modern usage, a smaller variety of shield is usually implied by this term.
  • n. The pattern or arrangement of a series of hits made by a marksman on a butt or mark.
  • n. The sliding crosspiece, or vane, on a leveling staff.
  • n. A conspicuous disk attached to a switch lever to show its position, or for use as a signal.
  • n. the number of runs that the side batting last needs to score in the final innings in order to win
  • n. The tenor of a metaphor.
  • n. The translated version of a document, or the language into which translation occurs.
  • n. A person (or group of people) that a person or organization is trying to employ or to have as a customer, audience etc.
  • v. To aim something, especially a weapon, at (a target).
  • v. To aim for as an audience or demographic.
  • v. To produce code suitable for.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of small shield or buckler, used as a defensive weapon in war.
  • n.
  • n. A butt or mark to shoot at, as for practice, or to test the accuracy of a firearm, or the force of a projectile.
  • n. The pattern or arrangement of a series of hits made by a marksman on a butt or mark.
  • n. The sliding crosspiece, or vane, on a leveling staff.
  • n. A conspicuous disk attached to a switch lever to show its position, or for use as a signal.
  • n. A thin cut; a slice; specif., of lamb, a piece consisting of the neck and breast joints.
  • n. A tassel or pendent; also, a shred; tatter.
  • n. A goal for an activity.
  • n. A metallic object toward which a beam of electrons is aimed in a tube designed to generate X-rays; when the electrons strike the target, the impact causes emission of X-rays.
  • n. Any object toward which a beam of photons, a laser beam, an electron beam, or a beam of atomic or subatomic particles is aimed.
  • n. A person who is the subject of criticism or ridicule.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In archery, the five circles count as follows: gold center, 9; red, 7; inner white or blue, 5; black, 3; outer white, 1.
  • n. A shield.
  • n. In the seventeenth century, a shield of any form used by an infantry soldier as a substitute for body-armor. Compare targeteer.
  • n. A shield-shaped, circular, or other mark at which archers or users of firearms shoot for practice or for a prize: so called from the mark, which usually consists of concentric rings.
  • n. Figuratively, anything at which observation is aimed; one who or that which is a marked object of curiosity, admiration, contempt, or other feeling.
  • n. On a railroad, the frame or holder in which a signal is displayed, as at switches.
  • n. The sliding sight on a leveling-staff. Also called vane. See cut under leveling-staff.
  • n. In heraldry, a bearing representing a round shield, or buckler.
  • n. A pendant, often jeweled; a tassel.
  • n. A shred; slice.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. intend (something) to move towards a certain goal
  • n. the location of the target that is to be hit
  • n. the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)
  • n. a reference point to shoot at
  • n. a person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence
  • n. sports equipment consisting of an object set up for a marksman or archer to aim at

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, small targe, from Old French targuete, variant of targete, diminutive of targe, light shield, of Germanic origin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Diminutive of targe.

Examples

  • The rifleman who attains proficiency _focuses his eye on the target while aiming_, but he glances at one sight and then the other to see that they are aligned properly, then back at the target, and at the instant of discharge _his eye is on the target_.

    Manual of Military Training Second, Revised Edition

  • The following shows it being run on the target: target$./drone1

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  • ; MsgBox, f_class = \% f_class\% ` n target = \% target\% ` n 1 = \% f_Edit1Pos\% ` n 2 = \% f_Edit2Pos\% ` n \% lst\%

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  • ; MsgBox, f_class = \% f_class\% ` n target = \% target\% ` n 1 = \% f_Edit1Pos\% ` n 2 = \% f_Edit2Pos\%

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  • "part" what is a simple way to express this in bash syntax? target = $target ` echo $part | cut - c4 ` chewearn

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  • Unsubscribe (target); _target = object sender, NotifyCollectionChangedEventArgs e) {case NotifyCollectionChangedAction.

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  • The House of Representatives voted to approve a bill that would allow the Commerce Department to put duties on goods from countries with undervalued currencies; its main target is China.

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  • Mick McCarthy sacked as Wolves manager after derby disaster Mick McCarthy has been sacked as manager of Wolves after five-and-a-half years in charge at Molineux Roberto Mancini sets Manchester City a title target Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has set his players a target of winning at least 11 of their remaining 13 matches if they want to be...

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  • The term target zone is defined as the segment of the thin filament where actin subunits are best oriented to form strong attachments to myosin heads projecting from adjacent, parallel thick filaments.

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  • The term target, instead of hole, is used to describe the place where the Frisbee disc is to be tossed, like this starting point for the 18-target course near the park's entrance.

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