shot

1 [shot]
noun, plural shots or for 6, 8, 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.
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.
a.
a photograph, especially a snapshot: Here's a nice shot of my kids.
b.
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.
a.
a pick sent through the shed in a single throw of the shuttle.
b.
(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.
c.
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), shotted, shotting.
29.
to load or supply with shot.
30.
to weight with shot.
verb (used without object), shotted, shotting.
31.
to manufacture shot, as in a shot tower.
Idioms
32.
by a long shot. long shot ( def 4 ).
33.
call one's shots, Informal. to indicate beforehand what one intends to do and how one intends to do it.
34.
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.
35.
have/take a shot at, make an attempt at: I'll have a shot at solving the problem.
36.
like a shot, instantly; quickly: He bolted out of here like a shot.
37.
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.
38.
shot in the dark, Informal. a wild guess; a random conjecture.

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

shotless, adjective
shotlike, adjective


15. chance, go, essay.
Dictionary.com Unabridged

shot

2 [shot]
verb
1.
simple past tense and past participle of shoot.
adjective
2.
woven so as to present a play of colors; having a changeable color; variegated, as silk.
3.
spread or streaked with color: the dawn sky shot with gold.
4.
in hopelessly bad condition; ruined: Those sneakers are really shot. His morale is shot.
5.
Slang. intoxicated.

shoot

1 [shoot]
verb (used with object), shot, shooting.
1.
to hit, wound, damage, kill, or destroy with a missile discharged from a weapon.
2.
to execute or put to death with a bullet: to be shot at sunrise.
3.
to send forth or discharge (a missile) from a weapon: to shoot a bullet.
4.
to discharge (a weapon): to shoot a gun.
5.
to send forth (words, ideas, etc.) rapidly: to shoot questions at someone.
6.
to fling; propel: The volcano shot lava high into the air.
7.
to direct suddenly or swiftly: Shoot the spotlight on the doorway. He shot a smile at his wife.
8.
to move suddenly; send swiftly along.
9.
to go over (country) in hunting game.
10.
to pass rapidly through, over, down, etc.: to shoot rapids.
11.
to emit (a ray or rays, as of light) suddenly, briefly, or intermittently.
12.
to variegate by threads, streaks, etc., of another color.
13.
to cause to extend or project: He shot out his arm and grabbed the ball.
14.
to discharge or empty, as down a chute: Do not shoot rubbish here!
15.
Sports.
a.
to throw, kick, or otherwise propel (a ball, puck, etc.), as at a goal or teammate.
b.
to score (a goal, points, etc.) by propelling the ball, puck, etc.
16.
Games. to propel (a marble) from the crook or first knuckle of the forefinger by flicking with the thumb.
17.
a.
to throw (the dice or a specific number).
b.
to wager or offer to bet (a sum of money): I'll shoot ten bucks.
18.
Photography. to photograph or film.
19.
to put forth (buds, branches, etc.), as a plant.
20.
to slide (a bolt or the like) into or out of its fastening.
21.
to pull (one's cuffs) abruptly toward one's hands.
22.
Golf. to make a final score of (so many strokes): He shot a 73 on the first 18 holes of the tournament.
23.
to take the altitude of (a heavenly body): to shoot the sun.
24.
to detonate; cause to explode, as a charge of explosives.
25.
Aeronautics. to practice (a maneuver) by repetition: to shoot landings.
26.
Slang. to inject (an addictive drug) intravenously.
verb (used without object), shot, shooting.
27.
to send forth missiles from a bow, firearm, or the like.
28.
to be discharged, as a firearm.
29.
to hunt with a gun for sport: He fishes, but he doesn't shoot.
30.
to move or pass suddenly or swiftly; spurt: The car shot ahead and was soon out of sight.
31.
Nautical. to acquire momentum and coast into the wind, as a sailboat in a confined area.
32.
to grow forth from the ground, as a stem.
33.
to put forth buds or shoots, as a plant; germinate.
34.
Photography. to photograph.
35.
Movies. to film or begin to film a scene or movie.
36.
to extend; jut: a cape shooting out into the sea.
37.
Sports, Games.
a.
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.
b.
to propel a ball in a specific way: The center shoots left-handed.
38.
to be felt by or flow through or permeate the body: Pain shot through his injured arm. Chills shot up and down her spine.
39.
to carry by force of discharge or momentum: The missile left its pad and shot thousands of miles into space.
40.
Informal. to begin, especially to begin to talk: I want to hear your complaint, so shoot!
noun
41.
the act of shooting with a bow, firearm, etc.
42.
Chiefly British. a hunting trip or expedition.
43.
a match or contest at shooting.
44.
a growing or sprouting, as of a plant.
45.
a new or young growth that shoots off from some portion of a plant.
46.
the amount of such growth.
47.
a young branch, stem, twig, or the like.
48.
a sprout that is not three feet high.
49.
a chute.
50.
Rocketry. the launching of a missile.
51.
Informal. a photographic assignment or session, as for a feature film or a television commercial: The actress is away on a shoot.
52.
Rowing. the interval between strokes.
53.
Mining.
a.
a small tunnel branching off from a larger tunnel.
b.
a narrow vein of ore.
Verb phrases
54.
shoot down,
a.
to cause to fall by hitting with a shot: They shot down several ducks.
b.
Informal. to disparage, reject, or expose as false or inadequate; debunk: to shoot down a popular theory.
55.
shoot for/at, to attempt to obtain or accomplish; strive toward: He is shooting for a higher production level.
56.
shoot up,
a.
to grow rapidly or suddenly.
b.
Informal. to damage or harass by reckless shooting: cowboys shooting up the town.
c.
to wound by shooting: He shot up the lion, but his guide killed it.
d.
Slang. to inject an addictive drug intravenously.
Idioms
57.
shoot from the hip, to act or speak without due consideration or deliberation.
58.
shoot off one's mouth/face, Slang.
a.
to talk indiscreetly, especially to reveal confidences, make thoughtless remarks, etc.
b.
to exaggerate: He likes to shoot off his mouth about what a great guy he is.
59.
shoot one's bolt. bolt1 ( def 28 ).
60.
shoot one's wad. wad1 ( def 13 ).
61.
shoot the breeze. breeze1 ( def 11 ).
62.
shoot the bull. bull3 ( def 2 ).
63.
shoot the works. work ( def 54 ).

Origin:
before 900; Middle English shoten (v.), Old English scēotan; cognate with Dutch schieten, German schiessen, Old Norse skjōta; akin to shot1


3, 5. project, impel, hurl, cast, throw. 17a. roll. 30. spring, start, dash, bolt, rush, fly. 36. project, protrude.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To shot
Collins
World English Dictionary
shoot (ʃuːt)
 
vb , shoots, shooting, shot
1.  (tr) to hit, wound, damage, or kill with a missile discharged from a weapon
2.  to discharge (a missile or missiles) from a weapon
3.  to fire (a weapon) or (of a weapon) to be fired
4.  to send out or be sent out as if from a weapon: he shot questions at her
5.  (intr) to move very rapidly; dart
6.  (tr) to slide or push into or out of a fastening: to shoot a bolt
7.  to emit (a ray of light) or (of a ray of light) to be emitted
8.  (tr) to go or pass quickly over or through: to shoot rapids
9.  (intr) to hunt game with a gun for sport
10.  (tr) to pass over (an area) in hunting game
11.  to extend or cause to extend; project
12.  (tr) to discharge down or as if down a chute
13.  (intr) (of a plant) to produce (buds, branches, etc)
14.  (intr) (of a seed) to germinate
15.  to photograph or record (a sequence, subject, etc)
16.  (tr; usually passive) to variegate or streak, as with colour
17.  sport to hit or propel (the ball, etc) towards the goal
18.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) (tr) sport to score (points, strokes, etc): he shot 72 on the first round
19.  (tr) to plane (a board) to produce a straight edge
20.  (tr) mining to detonate
21.  (tr) to measure the altitude of (a celestial body)
22.  slang (often foll by up) to inject (someone, esp oneself) with (a drug, esp heroin)
23.  shoot a line See line
24.  shoot from the hip to speak bluntly or impulsively without concern for the consequences
25.  shoot one's bolt See bolt
26.  informal shoot oneself in the foot to damage one's own cause inadvertently
27.  slang shoot one's mouth off
 a.  to talk indiscreetly
 b.  to boast or exaggerate
28.  shoot the breeze See breeze
 
n
29.  the act of shooting
30.  the action or motion of something that is shot
31.  the first aerial part of a plant to develop from a germinating seed
32.  any new growth of a plant, such as a bud, young branch, etc
33.  chiefly (Brit) a meeting or party organized for hunting game with guns
34.  an area or series of coverts and woods where game can be hunted with guns
35.  a steep descent in a stream; rapid
36.  informal a photographic assignment
37.  geology, mining a narrow workable vein of ore
38.  obsolete the reach of a shot
39.  slang the whole shoot everything
 
interj
40.  (US), (Canadian) an exclamation expressing disbelief, scepticism, disgust, disappointment, etc
 
[Old English sceōtan; related to Old Norse skjōta, Old High German skiozan to shoot, Old Slavonic iskydati to throw out]

shot1 (ʃɒt)
 
n , shot
1.  the act or an instance of discharging a projectile
2.  a solid missile, such as an iron ball or a lead pellet, discharged from a firearm
3.  a.  small round pellets of lead collectively, as used in cartridges
 b.  metal in the form of coarse powder or small pellets
4.  the distance that a discharged projectile travels or is capable of travelling
5.  a person who shoots, esp with regard to his ability: he is a good shot
6.  informal an attempt; effort
7.  informal a guess or conjecture
8.  any act of throwing or hitting something, as in certain sports
9.  the launching of a rocket, missile, etc, esp to a specified destination: a moon shot
10.  a.  a single photograph: I took 16 shots of the wedding
 b.  a series of frames on cine film concerned with a single event
 c.  a length of film taken by a single camera without breaks, used with others to build up a full motion picture or television film
11.  informal an injection, as of a vaccine or narcotic drug
12.  informal a glass of alcoholic drink, esp spirits
13.  sport a heavy metal ball used in the shot put
14.  an explosive charge used in blasting
15.  globules of metal occurring in the body of a casting that are harder than the rest of the casting
16.  a unit of chain length equal to 75 feet (Brit) or 90 feet (US)
17.  slang call the shots to have control over an organization, course of action, etc
18.  informal have a shot at
 a.  to attempt
 b.  (Austral) to jibe at or vex
19.  like a shot very quickly, esp willingly
20.  informal shot in the arm anything that regenerates, increases confidence or efficiency, etc: his arrival was a shot in the arm for the company
21.  shot in the dark a wild guess
22.  informal (Austral) that's the shot that is the right thing to do
 
vb , shot, shots, shotting, shotted
23.  (tr) to weight or load with shot
 
[Old English scot; related to Old Norse skot, Old High German scoz missile; see shoot]

shot2 (ʃɒt)
 
vb
1.  the past tense and past participle of shoot
 
adj
2.  (of textiles) woven to give a changing colour effect: shot silk
3.  streaked with colour
4.  slang exhausted
5.  slang get shot of, get shut of to get rid of

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

shoot
O.E. sceotan "to shoot" (class II strong verb; past tense sceat, pp. scoten), from P.Gmc. *skeutanan (cf. O.S. skiotan, O.N. skjota, O.Fris. skiata, Du. schieten, Ger. schießen), from PIE base *skeud- "to shoot, to chase, to throw, to project" (cf. Skt. skundate "hastens, makes haste," O.C.S. iskydati
"to throw out," Lith. skudrus "quick, nimble"). Meanings "send forth swiftly" and "wound with missiles" were in O.E. In ref. to pool playing, the verb is attested from 1926. 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. Shooting star first recorded 1593. Shoot the breeze "chat" first recorded 1941. Shoot to kill first attested 1867.

shot
O.E. scot, sceot "an act of shooting, that which is discharged in shooting," from P.Gmc. *skutan (cf. O.N. skutr, O.Fris. skete, M.Du. scote, Ger. Schuß "a shot"), related to sceotan "to shoot" (see shoot). Meaning "discharge of a bow, missile," is from O.E. gesceot;
extended to other projectiles in M.E., and to sports (hockey, basketball, etc.) 1868. Another original meaning, "payment," is preserved in scot-free. Meaning "drink of straight liquor" first attested 1676. Meaning "try, attempt" is from 1756; adj. sense of "exhausted" is from 1930. Sense of "hypodermic injection" first attested 1904; fig. phrase shot in the arm "stimulant" first recorded 1922. Meaning "remark meant to wound" is recorded from 1841; hence cheap shot (1973). To call the shots is first attested 1967; shot in the dark is from 1895.

shoot
"young branch of a tree or plant," mid-15c., from shoot (v.). Meaning "conduit for coal, etc." is from 1844. Shoot-out is from 1953.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Medical Dictionary

shot (shŏt)
n.

  1. A hypodermic injection.

  2. A small amount given or applied at one time.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Science Dictionary
shoot   (sht)  Pronunciation Key 
The part of a vascular plant that is above ground, including the stem and leaves. The tips of shoots contain the apical meristem.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Idioms & Phrases

shot

In addition to the idioms beginning with shot, 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 under shoot.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
Cite This Source
Example sentences
The rebels shot them if they did not hand over their crops, and government
  troops shot them if they did.
The reporter makes a half-court over the back, no looking basketball shot.
But a heavy crosswind can throw off even the surest shot.
However, polio is endemic, so make sure you've had your adult booster shot.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature