Meaning of TARGET in English


Pronunciation: ' tär-g ə t

Function: noun

Usage: often attrib

Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French targette, targuete, diminutive of targe light shield, from Old French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old Norse targa shield

Date: 14th century

1 : a small round shield

2 a : a mark to shoot at b : a target marked by shots fired at it c : something or someone fired at or marked for attack d : a goal to be achieved

3 a : an object of ridicule or criticism b : something or someone to be affected by an action or development

4 a : the metallic surface (as of platinum or tungsten) upon which the stream of electrons within an X-ray tube is focused and from which the X-rays are emitted b : a body, surface, or material bombarded with nuclear particles or electrons especially : fluorescent material on which desired visual effects are produced in electronic devices (as in radar)

– off target : not valid : INACCURATE

– on target : precisely correct or valid especially in interpreting or addressing a problem or vital issue

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.