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1 a new branch
2 the act of shooting at targets; "they hold a shoot every weekend during the summer"


1 hit with a missile from a weapon [syn: hit, pip]
2 kill by firing a missile [syn: pip]
3 fire a shot
4 make a film or photograph of something; "take a scene"; "shoot a movie" [syn: film, take]
5 send forth suddenly, intensely, swiftly; "shoot a glance"
6 run or move very quickly or hastily; "She dashed into the yard" [syn: dart, dash, scoot, scud, flash]
7 move quickly and violently; "The car tore down the street"; "He came charging into my office" [syn: tear, shoot down, charge, buck]
8 throw or propel in a specific direction or towards a specific objective; "shoot craps"; "shoot a golf ball"
9 record on photographic film; "I photographed the scene of the accident"; "She snapped a picture of the President" [syn: photograph, snap]
10 emit (as light, flame, or fumes) suddenly and forcefully; "The dragon shot fumes and flames out of its mouth"
11 cause a sharp and sudden pain in; "The pain shot up her leg"
12 force or drive (a fluid or gas) into by piercing; "inject hydrogen into the balloon" [syn: inject]
13 variegate by interweaving weft threads of different colors; "shoot cloth"
14 throw dice, as in a crap game
15 spend frivolously and unwisely; "Fritter away one's inheritance" [syn: fritter, frivol away, dissipate, fritter away, fool, fool away]
16 score; "shoot a basket"; "shoot a goal"
17 utter fast and forcefully; "She shot back an answer"
18 measure the altitude of by using a sextant; "shoot a star"
19 produce buds, branches, or germinate; "the potatoes sprouted" [syn: spud, germinate, pullulate, bourgeon, burgeon forth, sprout]
20 give an injection to; "We injected the glucose into the patient's vein" [syn: inject] [also: shot]shot adj : varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles; "changeable taffeta"; "chatoyant (or shot) silk"; "a dragonfly hovered, vibrating and iridescent" [syn: changeable, chatoyant, iridescent]


1 an attempt to score in a game
2 (sports) the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand; "it took two strokes to get out of the bunker"; "a good shot require good balance and tempo"; "he left me an almost impossible shot" [syn: stroke]
3 the act of firing a projectile; "his shooting was slow but accurate" [syn: shooting]
4 a chance to do something; "he wanted a shot at the champion" [syn: crack]
5 the act of putting a liquid into the body by means of a syringe; "the nurse gave him a flu shot" [syn: injection]
6 a solid missile discharged from a firearm; "the shot buzzed past his ear" [syn: pellet]
7 an informal photograph; usually made with a small hand-held camera; "my snapshots haven't been developed yet"; "he tried to get unposed shots of his friends" [syn: snapshot, snap]
8 a consecutive series of pictures that constitutes a unit of action in a film [syn: scene]
9 informal words for any attempt or effort; "he gave it his best shot"; "he took a stab at forecasting" [syn: stab]
10 an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect; "his parting shot was `drop dead'"; "she threw shafts of sarcasm"; "she takes a dig at me every chance she gets" [syn: shaft, slam, dig, barb, jibe, gibe]
11 a blow hard enough to cause injury; "he is still recovering from a shot to his leg"; "I caught him with a solid shot to the chin"
12 a small drink of liquor; "he poured a shot of whiskey" [syn: nip]
13 sports equipment consisting of a heavy metal ball used in the shot put; "he trained at putting the shot"
14 a person who shoots (usually with respect to their ability to shoot); "he is a crack shot"; "a poor shooter" [syn: shooter]
15 the launching of a missile or spacecraft to a specified destination [syn: blastoff]
16 an explosive charge used in blasting
17 an estimate based on little or no information [syn: guess, guesswork, guessing, dead reckoning] [also: shotting, shotted]shot See shoot [also: shotting, shotted]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • British English SAMPA: /'SOt/
  • British English /'ʃɒt/
  • US English SAMPA: /'Sat/
  • US English /'ʃat/
  • Rhymes: -ɒt


Old English scēot, from Germanic *skot-. Cognate with German Schoß. Compare scot.


  1. Worn out.
    The real axle will have to be replaced. It's shot.
  2. (Of material, especially silk) Woven from warp and weft strands of different colours, resulting in an iridescent appearance.
  3. tired, weary
    I have to go to bed now, I'm shot.


Worn out
  • Finnish: kulunut
Woven from warp and weft strands of different colours, resulting in an iridescent appearance
tired, weary
  • Finnish: väsynyt, poikki
Translations to be checked


  1. (South African) Thank you.


  1. The result of launching a projectile or bullet.
    The shot was wide of the mark.
  2. The act of launching a ball or similar object toward a goal.
    They took the lead on a last-minute shot.
  3. The heavy iron ball used for the shot put.
  4. Small metal balls used as ammunition.
  5. A solid metal armor-piercing projectile having no bursting charge, that was in use mainly during World War II.
  6. A chance, or an attempt.
    I'd like just one more shot at winning this game.
  7. A payment (of a bill), a scot or shout.
  8. A measure of alcohol, usually spirits, as taken either from a shot-glass or directly from the bottle. About 44 millilitres; 1.5 ounces. "pony shot"= 30 millilitres; 1 fluid ounce
  9. In the context of "prison}} A spoon of coffee.

Extensive Definition

The term shot may refer to:
In Sports:
  • An attempt to score a goal or points in various sports including ice hockey, basketball, football (soccer) and golf
  • A takedown in wrestling and other types of grappling
In Popular culture:
  • A small amount of coffee or other liquid, served plain by itself, with flavoured cremes, or used in the preparation of other drinks
  • Shot (song), a song by the Finnish rock band The Rasmus
  • Shot, a Croatian music producer, mainly associated with Edo Maajka
  • Shot Rev. 2.0, a video album by the rock band The Sisters of Mercy
  • A colloquial term used in South Africa meaning "Thank you"
  • An energy drink popular in Europe
Technical terms:

See also

shot in Czech: Střela

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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