[ shot-ing ]
/ ˈʃɒt ɪŋ /


the act or process of making lead shot in a shot tower.

Nearby words

  1. shoshone dam,
  2. shoshone falls,
  3. shoshonean,
  4. shoshoni,
  5. shostakovich,
  6. shot clock,
  7. shot effect,
  8. shot glass,
  9. shot heard round the world,
  10. shot hole

Origin of shotting


[ shot ]
/ ʃɒt /

noun, plural shots or for 6, 8, shot.

verb (used with object), shot·ted, shot·ting.

to load or supply with shot.
to weight with shot.

verb (used without object), shot·ted, shot·ting.

to manufacture shot, as in a shot tower.

Origin of shot

before 900; Middle English; Old English sc(e)ot, (ge)sceot; cognate with German Schoss, Geschoss; akin to shoot1

15. chance, go, essay.

Related formsshot·less, adjectiveshot·like, adjective


[ shot ]
/ ʃɒt /


simple past tense and past participle of shoot1.


woven so as to present a play of colors; having a changeable color; variegated, as silk.
spread or streaked with color: the dawn sky shot with gold.
in hopelessly bad condition; ruined: Those sneakers are really shot. His morale is shot.
Slang. intoxicated. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for shotting

  • The system of shotting habits at the hem has happily entirely gone out.

    Riding for Ladies|Mrs. Power O'Donoghue
  • You know my fun is a sort of fizz—there's nothing but a flash—nothing to hurt—no shotting.

    Charlemont|W. Gilmore Simms

British Dictionary definitions for shotting


/ (ʃɒt) /


verb shots, shotting or shotted

(tr) to weight or load with shot

Word Origin for shot

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


/ (ʃɒt) /


the past tense and past participle of shoot


(of textiles) woven to give a changing colour effectshot silk
streaked with colour
slang exhausted
get shot of or get shut of slang to get rid of
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for shotting
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for shotting


[ shŏt ]


A hypodermic injection.
A small amount given or applied at one time.

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Idioms and Phrases with shotting


In addition to the idioms beginning with shot

  • shot in the arm, a
  • shot in the dark
  • shot to hell
  • shot up

also see:

  • 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.

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