- 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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Related Wordsobject, point, destination, spot, mark, purpose, objective, victim, function, duty, use, end, intention, ambition, byword, scapegoat, quarry, game, prey
Examples from the Web for target
When it comes to Terrence Howard though, I am not your target.‘Empire’ Review: Hip-Hop Musical Chairs with an Insane Soap Opera Twist
January 8, 2015
Both high fashion and the fast, commercial fashion of Target are supposed to be about aspiration.
But, but … there was a token black girl in the background, Target cried in its defense!
Typically, aircraft will work in pairs where the flight lead will make an initial pass to mark a target with rockets.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019
December 31, 2014
He hesitates when I ask him about the target of the other missiles.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan
December 29, 2014
He could follow his target as though a magnetic power attracted his rifle.
Then, hardly looking at his target, he snapped his rifle back to his shoulder and fired.
And their target is fairly protected and at least partially hidden.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
Huh, that ain't sayin' much, when like as not the target was a barn!With Trapper Jim in the North Woods
Lawrence J. Leslie
He fired at the target, and made a bull's-eye, much to his surprise and delight.Frank Roscoe's Secret
- 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 target
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.
Idioms and Phrases with target
see on target; sitting duck (target).