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.
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Idioms for shot
Origin of shot1
OTHER WORDS FROM shotshot·less, adjectiveshot·like, adjective
Words nearby shot
British Dictionary definitions for shot in the dark (1 of 2)
- 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 in the dark (2 of 2)
Medical definitions for shot in the dark
Idioms and Phrases with shot in the dark (1 of 2)
A wild, unsubstantiated guess; also, an attempt that has little chance for success. For example, It was a shot in the dark, but the engineers had a hunch that replacing the valve would make the system work, or You can try looking for your key on the beach, but I think it's a shot in the dark. [Colloquial; late 1800s]
Idioms and Phrases with shot in the dark (2 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.