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

  • n. The firing or discharge of a weapon, such as a gun.
  • n. The distance over which something is shot; the range.
  • n. An attempt to hit a target with a projectile: His shot at the bear missed by inches.
  • n. An attempt to reach a target with a rocket: a moon shot.
  • n. Sports An attempt to score in a game, as in soccer or hockey.
  • n. Baseball A home run.
  • n. Sports & Games The flight or path of a projectile in a game.
  • n. Sports & Games A stroke in a game, as in golf or billiards.
  • n. A pointed or critical remark.
  • n. Informal An attempt; a try: took a shot at losing weight.
  • n. Informal A guess.
  • n. Informal An opportunity: gave him a fair shot at the part in the play.
  • n. Informal A chance at odds; something to bet on: The horse was a four-to-one shot.
  • n. A solid projectile designed to be discharged from a firearm or cannon.
  • n. Such projectiles considered as a group.
  • n. Tiny lead or steel pellets, especially ones used in a shotgun cartridge.
  • n. One of these pellets.
  • n. Sports The heavy metal ball that is put for distance in the shot put.
  • n. One who shoots in a particular way: a good shot with the rifle and the bow.
  • n. A charge of explosives used in blasting mine shafts.
  • n. A detonation of an explosive charge.
  • n. A photographic view or exposure: got a good shot of that last model.
  • n. A developed photographic image.
  • n. A single cinematic take.
  • n. A hypodermic injection.
  • n. A small amount given or applied at one time: a shot of oxygen.
  • n. A drink, especially a jigger of liquor.
  • n. An amount to be paid, as for drinks; a bill.
  • n. Nautical A length of chain equal to 15 fathoms (90 feet) in the United States and 12 1/2 fathoms (75 feet) in Great Britain.
  • transitive v. To load or weight with shot.
  • idiom like a shot Very quickly.
  • idiom shot in the arm Informal Something that boosts one's spirits.
  • idiom shot in the dark Informal A wild unsubstantiated guess.
  • idiom shot in the dark Informal An attempt that has little chance of succeeding.
  • v. Past tense and past participle of shoot.
  • adj. Of changeable or variegated color; iridescent.
  • adj. Streaked or flecked with or as if with yarn of a different color: a blue suit shot with purple; a forest glade that was shot with sunlight.
  • adj. Interspersed or permeated with a distinctive quality: Her apology was shot with irony.
  • adj. Informal Worn-out; ruined.
  • adj. Informal Exhausted; thoroughly tired.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Worn out.
  • adj. Woven from warp and weft strands of different colours, resulting in an iridescent appearance.
  • adj. tired, weary
  • n. The result of launching a projectile or bullet.
  • n. The act of launching a ball or similar object toward a goal.
  • n. The heavy iron ball used for the shot put.
  • n. Small metal balls used as ammunition.
  • n. Metal balls (or similar) used as ammunition; not necessarily small.
  • n. Someone who shoots (a gun) regularly
  • n. An opportunity or attempt.
  • n. A remark or comment, especially one which is critical or insulting.
  • n. A punch or other physical blow.
  • n. A measure of alcohol, usually spirits, as taken either from a shot-glass or directly from the bottle, equivalent to about 44 milliliters; 1.5 ounces. ("pony shot"= 30 milliliters; 1 fluid ounce)
  • n. A single serving of espresso.
  • n. A single unbroken sequence of photographic film exposures, or the digital equivalent; an unedited sequence of frames.
  • n. A vaccination or injection.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of shoot.
  • v. To load (a gun) with shot.
  • n. A charge to paid, a scot or shout.
  • interj. Thank you.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. & p. p. of shoot.
  • adj. Woven in such a way as to produce an effect of variegation, of changeable tints, or of being figured. See shoot, v. t., 8.
  • n. A share or proportion; a reckoning; a scot.
  • n. The act of shooting; discharge of a firearm or other weapon which throws a missile.
  • n. A missile weapon, particularly a ball or bullet; specifically, whatever is discharged as a projectile from firearms or cannon by the force of an explosive.
  • n. Small globular masses of lead, of various sizes, -- used chiefly as the projectiles in shotguns for killing game
  • n. The flight of a missile, or the distance which it is, or can be, thrown.
  • n. A marksman; one who practices shooting.
  • n.
  • n. A cast of a net.
  • n. The entire throw of nets at one time.
  • n. A place or spot for setting nets.
  • n. A single draft or catch of fish made.
  • n. A spherical weight, to be put, or thrown, in competition for distance.
  • n. A stroke, throw, or other action to propel a ball or other game piece in certain games, as in billiards, hockey, basketball, curling, etc.; also, a move, as in chess.
  • n. A guess; conjecture; also, an attempt.
  • transitive v. To load with shot, as a gun.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To load with shot: as, to shot a gun.
  • Preterit and past participle of shoot.
  • Advanced.
  • Firm; stable; secure.
  • Having a changeable color, like that produced in weaving by all the warp-threads being of one color and all the weft of another; chatoyant. Silk is the usual material thus woven, but there are also shot alpaca and other goods.
  • Same as shooted.
  • n. A missile weapon; an arrow; a dart.
  • n. A projectile; particularly, a ball or bullet; also, such projectiles collectively.
  • n. A small ball or pellet, of which a number are combined in one charge; also, such pellets collectively.
  • n. The distance passed over by a missile or projectile in its flight; range: used, in combination with the name of the weapon, or missile, as a rough measure of length.
  • n. Hence Range in general; reach: as, within ear-shot.
  • n. Anything emitted, cast, or thrown forth; a shoot.
  • n. Among fishermen, the whole sweep of nets thrown out at one time; also, one cast or set of the nets; also, the number of fish caught in one haul of the nets. See shoot, v. t., 11.
  • n. A place where fishermen let out their nets. See shoot, v. t., 11.
  • n. The act of shooting; discharge of, or the discharge from, a bow, gun, or other missile weapon.
  • n. One who shoots, especially with a firearm.
  • n. A marksman, especially with reference to his skill: as, a good shot; a crack shot; a wing-shot.
  • n. In weaving, a single thread of weft carried through the warp at one run of the shuttle.
  • n. A defect, of the nature of a streak, in the texture of silk and other textiles, caused by the interweaving of a thread or threads differing from the others in color, quality, or size. Compare shot, participial adjective, 3.
  • n. In mining, a blast.
  • n. A nook; an angle; a plot of land; specifically, a square furlong of land; a group of strips or allotments, each one furlong in length, and together a furlong in width, in the open-field system. See field.
  • n. A move or stroke in a game, as in curling or billiards.
  • n. A stitch in one's side.
  • n. A handful of hemp.
  • n. Spermaceti; whale-shot.
  • n. Same as dropping fire (which see, under drop). Also called dropping shot.
  • n. A length of rope as it comes from the ropewalk; also, the length of a chain-cable between two shackles, generally fifteen fathoms.
  • n. A reckoning, or a person's share of a reckoning; charge; share of expenses, as of a tavern-bill.
  • n. A supply or amount of drink, perhaps paid for at a fixed rate.
  • n. The trout, Salmo fario.
  • n. The grayling, Thymallus vulgaris. Also shut, shutt.
  • n. An inferior animal taken out of a drove of cattle or a flock of sheep.
  • n. A young hog; a shote.
  • n. A Middle English past participle of shut.
  • n. In athletics, a metal sphere, either with or without a covering, weighing in championship contests 16 pounds and in school contests 12 pounds, which a competitor ‘puts’ as far as possible beyond a ring within which he stands.
  • n. In lawn-bowls, the point made by the ball which lies nearest the jack at the close of the head or innings.

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

  • n. a small drink of liquor
  • n. an informal photograph; usually made with a small hand-held camera
  • adj. varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles
  • n. a chance to do something
  • n. an explosive charge used in blasting
  • n. sports equipment consisting of a heavy metal ball used in the shot put
  • n. an attempt to score in a game
  • n. (sports) the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand
  • n. the act of firing a projectile
  • n. a solid missile discharged from a firearm
  • n. an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect
  • n. a blow hard enough to cause injury
  • n. the launching of a missile or spacecraft to a specified destination
  • n. an estimate based on little or no information
  • n. a consecutive series of pictures that constitutes a unit of action in a film
  • n. a person who shoots (usually with respect to their ability to shoot)
  • n. the act of putting a liquid into the body by means of a syringe
  • n. informal words for any attempt or effort


Middle English, from Old English sceot, scot.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English scēot, from Germanic *skot-. Cognate with German Schoß. Compare scot. (Wiktionary)
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