Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An object, such as a padded disk with a marked surface, that is shot at to test accuracy in rifle or archery practice.
  • noun Something aimed or fired at.
  • noun An object of criticism or verbal attack.
  • noun One to be influenced or changed by an action or event.
  • noun A desired goal.
  • noun A railroad signal that indicates the position of a switch by its color, position, and shape.
  • noun The sliding sight on a surveyor's leveling rod.
  • noun A small round shield.
  • noun 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 verb To aim at or identify as a target.
  • transitive verb To identify or treat as the object of action, criticism, or change.
  • transitive verb To design for or direct toward a specific object or audience.
  • idiom (on target) Completely accurate, precise, or valid.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

    Bluish Coder

  • 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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  • 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.

    House Passes Bill Aimed At Chinese Currency

  • 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.

    House Passes Bill Aimed At Chinese Currency

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