- an object, usually marked with concentric circles, to be aimed at in shooting practice or contests.
- any object used for this purpose.
- anything fired at.
- a goal to be reached.
- an object of abuse, scorn, derision, etc.; butt.
- Fencing. the portion of a fencer's body where a touch can be scored.
- a disk-shaped signal, as at a railroad switch, indicating the position of a switch.
- the sliding sight on a leveling rod.
- any marker on which sights are taken.
- a small shield, usually round, carried by a foot soldier; buckler.
- that is or may be a target or goal: The target group consisted of college graduates who earned more than $50,000 a year.
- to use, set up, or designate as a target or goal.
- to direct toward a target: The new warheads can be targeted with great precision.
- to make a target of (an object, person, city, etc.) for attack or bombardment.
- target (in) on, to establish or use as a target or goal: The club is targeting on September for the move to larger quarters.
- on target,
- properly aimed or on the right course toward a target.
- accurate, correct, or valid: Their description of the event was on target.
- filling or meeting a requirement or expectations: The amount of supplies we took was right on target.
Origin of target
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Examples from the Web for targeting
In this war, the targeting is often happening on computer monitors thousands of miles away, capturing images from drones.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War
Nancy A. Youssef
January 7, 2015
Targeting pods can bulge out a bit, and leak out unwanted signals.Newest U.S. Stealth Fighter ‘10 Years Behind’ Older Jets
December 26, 2014
Targeting her upper back, Couple sat cross-legged on a table while she whipped her slave.Dungeons and Genital Clamps: Inside a Legendary BDSM Chateau
December 20, 2014
This was from the time when the IRS was targeting conservative groups.The IRS Email Double Standard
November 25, 2014
The coalition airstrike was targeting a base used by al Nusrah, the local al Qaeda affiliate.Exclusive: America’s Allies Almost Bombed in Syrian Airstrikes
September 30, 2014
It was clear that they were targeting on the Swift cargo jet.Tom Swift and The Visitor from Planet X
Fate gives no guarantee of responsibility for the targeting of the Love-God's darts.Destiny
Charles Neville Buck
If he thinks that by targeting innocent civilians in Israel and Saudi Arabia, that he will gain an advantage--he is dead wrong.
He tugged back on the wheel suddenly, targeting a cumulous bank with his spinner.Desire No More
Algirdas Jonas Budrys
The usual distance for targeting a new gun is thirty yards, and the standard circle is thirty inches.Outdoor Sports and Games
Claude H. Miller
- an object or area at which an archer or marksman aims, usually a round flat surface marked with concentric rings
- (as modifier)target practice
- any point or area aimed at; the object of an attack or a takeover bid
- (as modifier)target area; target company
- a fixed goal or objectivethe target for the appeal is £10 000
- a person or thing at which an action or remark is directed or the object of a person's feelingsa target for the teacher's sarcasm
- a joint of lamb consisting of the breast and neck
- surveying a marker on which sights are taken, such as the sliding marker on a levelling staff
- (formerly) a small round shield
- physics electronics
- a substance, object, or system subjected to bombardment by electrons or other particles, or to irradiation
- an electrode in a television camera tube whose surface, on which image information is stored, is scanned by the electron beam
- electronics an object to be detected by the reflection of a radar or sonar signal, etc
- on target on the correct course to meet a target or objective
- to make a target of
- to direct or aimto target benefits at those most in need
Word Origin and History for targeting
c.1400, "shield," diminutive of late Old English targe, from Old French targe "light shield," from Frankish *targa "shield" (cf. Old High German zarga "edging, border," German zarge, Old English targe, Old Norse targa "shield"), from Proto-Germanic *targo "border, edge." Meaning "object to be aimed at in shooting" first recorded 1757, originally in archery. Target audience is by 1951, early reference is to Cold War psychological warfare.
"to use as a target," 1837, from target (n.). Related: Targeted; targeting.
- One to be influenced or changed by an action or event.
- A desired goal.
- A usually metal part in an x-ray tube on which a beam of electrons is focused and from which x-rays are emitted.
- A target organ.