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[ shot ]


, plural shots shot.
  1. a discharge of a firearm, bow, etc.
  2. the range of or the distance traveled by a missile in its flight.
  3. an aimed discharge of a missile.
  4. an attempt to hit a target with a missile.
  5. an act or instance of shooting a firearm, bow, etc.
  6. a small ball or pellet of lead, a number of which are loaded in a cartridge and used for one charge of a shotgun.
  7. such pellets collectively:

    a charge of shot.

  8. a projectile for discharge from a firearm or cannon.
  9. such projectiles collectively:

    shot and shell.

  10. a person who shoots; marksman:

    He was a good shot.

  11. Slang. a blow; punch:

    The prizefighter was knocked out by a shot in the chin.

  12. anything like a shot, especially in being sudden and forceful.
  13. a heavy metal ball that competitors cast as far as possible in shot-putting contests.
  14. an aimed stroke, throw, or the like, as in certain games, especially in an attempt to score.
  15. an attempt or try:

    He's entitled to a shot at the championship.

    Synonyms: essay, go, chance

  16. a remark aimed at some person or thing.
  17. a guess at something.
  18. a hypodermic injection, as of a serum, vaccine, narcotic, or anaesthetic:

    He took a series of immunizing shots for hay fever.

  19. a small quantity, especially an ounce, of undiluted liquor.
  20. an amount due, especially at a tavern.
  21. Photography.
    1. a photograph, especially a snapshot: snapshot:

      Here's a nice shot of my kids.

    2. the act of making a photograph, especially a snapshot.
  22. Movies, Television. a unit of action photographed without interruption and constituting a single camera view.
  23. an explosive charge in place for detonation, as in mining or quarrying.
  24. Metallurgy. comparatively hard globules of metal in the body of a casting.
  25. Nautical. a 90-foot (27-meter) length of anchor cable or chain.
  26. Checkers. a compulsory series of exchanges, especially when it proves favorable to the aggressor.
  27. Textiles.
    1. a pick sent through the shed in a single throw of the shuttle.
    2. (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.

    3. a defect in a fabric caused by an unusual color or size in the yarn.
  28. a chance with odds for and against; a bet:

    a 20 to 1 shot that his horse will come in first.

verb (used with object)

, shot·ted, shot·ting.
  1. to load or supply with shot.
  2. to weight with shot.

verb (used without object)

, shot·ted, shot·ting.
  1. to manufacture shot, as in a shot tower.



[ shot ]


  1. simple past tense and past participle of shoot 1.


  1. woven so as to present a play of colors; having a changeable color; variegated, as silk.
  2. spread or streaked with color:

    the dawn sky shot with gold.

  3. in hopelessly bad condition; ruined:

    Those sneakers are really shot. His morale is shot.

  4. Slang. intoxicated.



/ ʃɒt /


  1. the past tense and past participle of shoot


  1. (of textiles) woven to give a changing colour effect

    shot silk

  2. streaked with colour
  3. slang.
  4. get shot of or get shut of slang.
    to get rid of



/ ʃɒt /


  1. the act or an instance of discharging a projectile
  2. shot a solid missile, such as an iron ball or a lead pellet, discharged from a firearm
    1. small round pellets of lead collectively, as used in cartridges
    2. metal in the form of coarse powder or small pellets
  3. the distance that a discharged projectile travels or is capable of travelling
  4. a person who shoots, esp with regard to his ability

    he is a good shot

  5. informal.
    an attempt; effort
  6. informal.
    a guess or conjecture
  7. any act of throwing or hitting something, as in certain sports
  8. the launching of a rocket, missile, etc, esp to a specified destination

    a moon shot

    1. a single photograph

      I took 16 shots of the wedding

    2. a series of frames on cine film concerned with a single event
    3. a length of film taken by a single camera without breaks, used with others to build up a full motion picture or television film
  9. informal.
    an injection, as of a vaccine or narcotic drug
  10. informal.
    a glass of alcoholic drink, esp spirits
  11. sport a heavy metal ball used in the shot put
  12. an explosive charge used in blasting
  13. globules of metal occurring in the body of a casting that are harder than the rest of the casting
  14. a unit of chain length equal to 75 feet (Brit) or 90 feet (US)
  15. call the shots slang.
    to have control over an organization, course of action, etc
  16. have a shot at informal.
    1. to attempt
    2. to jibe at or vex
  17. like a shot
    very quickly, esp willingly
  18. shot in the arm informal.
    anything that regenerates, increases confidence or efficiency, etc

    his arrival was a shot in the arm for the company

  19. shot in the dark
    a wild guess
  20. that's the shot informal.
    that is the right thing to do


  1. tr to weight or load with shot
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Word History and Origins

Origin of shot1

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English sc(e)ot, (ge)sceot; cognate with German Schoss, Geschoss; akin to shoot 1( def )

Origin of shot2

First recorded in 1830–40, for the adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of shot1

Old English scot; related to Old Norse skot, Old High German scoz missile; see shoot
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Idioms and Phrases

  1. call one's shots, Informal. to indicate beforehand what one intends to do and how one intends to do it.
  2. call the shots, Informal. to have the power or authority to make decisions or control policy:

    Now that he's chairman of the board, he calls the shots.

  3. have / take a shot at, make an attempt at:

    I'll have a shot at solving the problem.

  4. like a shot, instantly; quickly:

    He bolted out of here like a shot.

  5. shot in the arm, Informal. something that results in renewed vigor, confidence, etc.; stimulus:

    Her recent promotion has given her a shot in the arm. The new members gave the club a shot in the arm.

  6. shot in the dark, Informal. a wild guess; a random conjecture.
  7. by a long shot. long shot ( def 4 ).

More idioms and phrases containing shot

  • 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
  • shoot
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Example Sentences

Combine that with scarcity, and you get everyone scrambling to get a shot.

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They are also on the ice for the highest expected goals against per 60 minutes, meaning they allow a very high quality of shot.

Nate Schmidt and Tyler Myers allow the third-highest rate of shots against after adjusting for shot quality and Edmonton’s Darnell Nurse and Ethan Bear rank as the fifth-worst.

She was preparing to brave the weather—and drive for the first time since the start of the pandemic—because she was concerned that this would be her only chance to get a shot.

He noted that although just 24 health departments and 80 hospitals initially were authorized to administer shots, there now are 2,300 “points of access” to get vaccinated across the state.

The al Qaeda-linked gunmen shot back, but only managed to injure one officer before they were taken out.

The cartoonist, better known as Charb, was shot dead Wednesday.

The gunman hardly broke stride as he nonetheless shot Merabet in the head, killing him.

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.

There was no fighting; a rifle shot now and then from the crests where we saw our fellows clearly.

A was an Archer, who shot at a frog; B was a Butcher, and had a great dog.

Dockier, a prominent leader of the Levelers, in the times of the English commonwealth, was shot by order of the government.

There was not a moment to lose, for one well-directed shot might exterminate half of us.

Then, having shot nothing that day, he turned towards the Pole with a feeling of disappointment.


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