well aimed


verb (used with object)
to position or direct (a firearm, ball, arrow, rocket, etc.) so that, on firing or release, the discharged projectile will hit a target or travel along a certain path.
to intend or direct for a particular effect or purpose: to aim a satire at snobbery.
verb (used without object)
to point or direct a gun, punch, etc., toward: He aimed at the target but missed it.
to strive; try (usually followed by to or at ): We aim to please. They aim at saving something every month.
to intend: She aims to go tomorrow.
to direct efforts, as toward an object: The satire aimed at modern greed.
Obsolete. to estimate; guess.
the act of aiming or directing anything at or toward a particular point or target.
the direction in which a weapon or missile is pointed; the line of sighting: within the cannon's aim.
the point intended to be hit; thing or person aimed at: to miss one's aim.
something intended or desired to be attained by one's efforts; purpose: whatever his aim in life may be.
Obsolete. conjecture; guess.
take aim, to sight a target: to take aim and fire.

1275–1325; late Middle English aimen < Anglo-French a(e)smer, eimer, Old French aesmer < Vulgar Latin *adaestimāre, equivalent to Latin ad- ad- + aestimāre (see estimate); replacing Middle English amen < Old French (dial.) amer < Latin aestimāre

aimer, noun
aimful, adjective
aimfully, adverb
misaim, verb, noun
unaimed, adjective
unaiming, adjective
underaim, noun
underaim, verb
well-aimed, adjective

1. point. 8. sighting. 10. target, objective. 11. goal; intent, design. Aim, end, object all imply something that is the goal of one's efforts. Aim implies that toward which one makes a direct line, refusing to be diverted from it: a nobleness of aim; one's aim in life. End emphasizes the goal as a cause of efforts: the end for which one strives. Object emphasizes the goal as that toward which all efforts are directed: the object of years of study.
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aim (eɪm)
1.  to point (a weapon, missile, etc) or direct (a blow) at a particular person or object; level
2.  (tr) to direct (satire, criticism, etc) at a person, object, etc
3.  (intr; foll by at or an infinitive) to propose or intend: we aim to leave early
4.  (intr; often foll by at or for) to direct one's efforts or strive (towards): to aim at better communications; to aim high
5.  the action of directing something at an object
6.  the direction in which something is pointed; line of sighting (esp in the phrase to take aim)
7.  the object at which something is aimed; target
8.  intention; purpose
[C14: via Old French aesmer from Latin aestimāre to estimate]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., "to estimate, calculate," from O.Fr. esmar, from L. aestimare "appraise" (see estimation); current meaning apparently developed from "esteem," to "calculate," through "calculate with a view to action" (c.1400), then "calculate the direction of a missile" (1570s).
The noun is recorded from c.1400, originally "guess;" meaning "action of aiming" is from early 15c. (to take aim, originally make aim); that of "thing intended, purpose" is from 1620s. Related: Aimless (1620s).
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