noun, plural shots or for 6, 8, shot.
- a photograph, especially a snapshot: Here's a nice shot of my kids.
- the act of making a photograph, especially a snapshot.
- a pick sent through the shed in a single throw of the shuttle.
- (in carpet weaving) filling yarn used to bind the pile to the fabric, usually expressed with a preceding number representing the quantity of picks used: three-shot carpet.
- a defect in a fabric caused by an unusual color or size in the yarn.
verb (used with object), shot·ted, shot·ting.
verb (used without object), shot·ted, shot·ting.
Origin of shot1
Definition for shot (2 of 3)
Definition for shot (3 of 3)
verb (used with object), shot, shoot·ing.
- to throw, kick, or otherwise propel (a ball, puck, etc.), as at a goal or teammate.
- to score (a goal, points, etc.) by propelling the ball, puck, etc.
- to throw (the dice or a specific number).
- to wager or offer to bet (a sum of money): I'll shoot ten bucks.
verb (used without object), shot, shoot·ing.
- to propel a ball, puck, etc., at a goal, basket, pocket, etc., or in a specific direction: He shot for the green with a five iron.
- to propel a ball in a specific way: The center shoots left-handed.
- a small tunnel branching off from a larger tunnel.
- a narrow vein of ore.
- to cause to fall by hitting with a shot: They shot down several ducks.
- Informal. to disparage, reject, or expose as false or inadequate; debunk: to shoot down a popular theory.
- to grow rapidly or suddenly.
- Informal. to damage or harass by reckless shooting: cowboys shooting up the town.
- to wound by shooting: He shot up the lion, but his guide killed it.
- Slang. to inject an addictive drug intravenously.
Origin of shoot1
Examples from the Web for shot
The cartoonist, better known as Charb, was shot dead Wednesday.
A policewoman was shot dead this morning while law enforcement searched for the Charlie Lebdo killers.
“I heard them say, ‘He was shot twice,’” the father, Joseph Dossi, remembers.
Father José Julián was shot and wounded driving in a car through the sierra of Ajuchitán.
But that would now have to be put on hold because he had been shot in the Bronx.
But he had not proceeded more than a few rods before he was shot down and killed instantly.Eleven Years in the Rocky Mountains and Life on the Frontier|Frances Fuller Victor
Turkeys were seen in fair numbers, but they were the shyest birds I have ever come across—so much so that we never got a shot.Spinifex and Sand|David W Carnegie
He burst in upon her to declare his love, as if it were a question of firing the first shot on a field of battle.The Duchesse de Langeais|Honore de Balzac
Beside it, a tall needle of rock, serrated and sharp, shot up.My New Curate|P.A. Sheehan
The father of the winds makes battle with a huge flagroot, and the king of reptiles is shot with a dart.
British Dictionary definitions for shot (1 of 3)
- small round pellets of lead collectively, as used in cartridges
- metal in the form of coarse powder or small pellets
- a single photographI took 16 shots of the wedding
- a series of frames on cine film concerned with a single event
- a length of film taken by a single camera without breaks, used with others to build up a full motion picture or television film
- to attempt
- Australian to jibe at or vex
verb shots, shotting or shotted
Word Origin for shot
British Dictionary definitions for shot (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for shot (3 of 3)
verb shoots, shooting or shot
- to talk indiscreetly
- to boast or exaggerate
Word Origin for shoot
Word Origin and History for shot (1 of 5)
Old English scot, sceot "a shot, a shooting, an act of shooting; that which is discharged in shooting, what is shot forth; darting, rapid motion," from Proto-Germanic *skutan (cf. Old Norse skutr, Old Frisian skete, Middle Dutch scote, German Schuß "a shot"), related to sceotan "to shoot" (see shoot (v.)).
Meaning "discharge of a bow, missile," also is from related Old English gesceot. Extended to other projectiles in Middle English, and to sports (hockey, basketball, etc.) 1868. Another original meaning, "payment" (perhaps literally "money thrown down") is preserved in scot-free. "Throwing down" might also have led to the meaning "a drink," first attested 1670s, the more precise meaning "small drink of straight liquor" by 1928 (shot glass by 1955). Camera view sense is from 1958. Sense of "hypodermic injection" first attested 1904; figurative phrase shot in the arm "stimulant" first recorded 1922. Meaning "try, attempt" is from 1756; sense of "remark meant to wound" is recorded from 1841. Meaning "an expert in shooting" is from 1780. To call the shots "control events, make decisions" is American English, 1922, perhaps from sport shooting. Shot in the dark "uninformed guess" is from 1885. Big shot "important person" is from 1861.
Word Origin and History for shot (1 of 5)
early 15c., past participle adjective from from shoot (v.). Meaning "wounded or killed by a bullet or other projectile" is from 1837. Figurative sense "ruined, worn out" is from 1833.
Word Origin and History for shot (2 of 5)
Old English sceotan "to hurl missiles, cast; strike, hit, push; run, rush; send forth swiftly; wound with missiles" (class II strong verb; past tense sceat, past participle scoten), from Proto-Germanic *skeutanan (cf. Old Saxon skiotan, Old Norse skjota "to shoot with (a weapon); shoot, launch, push, shove quickly," Old Frisian skiata, Middle Dutch skieten, Dutch schieten, Old High German skiozan, German schießen), from PIE root *skeud- "to shoot, to chase, to throw, to project" (cf. Sanskrit skundate "hastens, makes haste," Old Church Slavonic iskydati "to throw out," Lithuanian skudrus "quick, nimble").
In reference to pool playing, from 1926. Meaning "to strive (for)" is from 1967, American English. Sense of "descend (a river) quickly" is from 1610s. Meaning "to inject by means of a hypodermic needle" is attested from 1914. Meaning "photograph" (especially a movie) is from 1890. As an interjection, an arbitrary euphemistic alteration of shit, it is recorded from 1934. Shoot the breeze "chat" first recorded 1941. Shoot-'em-up (adj.) in reference to violent entertainment (Western movies, etc.) is from 1942. Shoot to kill first attested 1867. Shoot the cat "to vomit" is from 1785. To shoot the moon originally meant "depart by night with ones goods to escape back rent" (1829).
O, 'tis cash makes such crowds to the gin shops roam,
And 'tis cash often causes a rumpus at home ;
'Tis when short of cash people oft shoot the moon ;
And 'tis cash always keeps our pipes in tune.
Cash! cash! &c.
["The Melodist and Mirthful Olio, An Elegant Collection of the Most Popular Songs," vol. IV, London, 1829]
Word Origin and History for shot (3 of 5)
"young branch of a tree or plant," mid-15c., from shoot (v.). Also "heavy, sudden rush of water" (1610s); "artificial channel for water running down" (1707); "conduit for coal, etc." (1844).
Word Origin and History for shot (4 of 5)
1530s, "an act of shooting;" 1852 as "a shooting match or party," from shoot (v.).
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Idioms and Phrases with shot (1 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with shot
- shot in the arm, a
- shot in the dark
- shot to hell
- shot up
- big cheese (shot)
- call the shots
- cheap shot
- give it one's best shot
- have a crack (shot) at
- like a shot
- long shot
- parting shot
Also see undershoot.
Idioms and Phrases with shot (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with shoot
- shoot down
- shoot for
- shoot from the hip
- shoot off one's mouth
- shoot one's bolt
- shoot oneself in the foot
- shoot straight
- shoot the breeze
- shoot the works
- shoot up
- like shooting fish in a barrel
- sure as shooting
- whole ball of wax (shooting match)
Also see undershot.