Meaning of SHOT in English

SHOT

/ ʃɒt; NAmE ʃɑːt/ noun , adjective

—see also shoot , shot , shot verb

■ noun

WITH GUN

1.

[ C ] shot (at sb/sth) the act of firing a gun; the sound this makes :

The man fired several shots from his pistol.

Someone took a shot at the car.

We heard some shots in the distance.

—see also gunshot , potshot

2.

[ C ] a good, bad, etc. ~ a person who shoots a gun in a particular way (well, badly, etc.)

BULLETS

3.

(also ˌlead ˈshot ) [ U ] a large number of small metal balls that you fire together from a shotgun

—see also buckshot

4.

[ C ] ( pl. shot ) a large stone or metal ball that was shot from a cannon or large gun in the past

REMARK / ACTION

5.

[ C ] a remark or an action that is usually one of a series, and is aimed against sb/sth that you are arguing or competing with :

This statement was the opening shot in the argument.

The supermarket fired the first shot in a price war today.

ATTEMPT

6.

[ C , usually sing. ] shot (at sth / at doing sth) ( informal ) the act of trying to do or achieve sth :

The team are looking good for a shot at the title.

I've never produced a play before but I'll have a shot at it.

I'm willing to give it a shot .

Just give it your best shot (= try as hard as you can) and you'll be fine.

IN SPORT

7.

[ C ] the action of hitting, kicking or throwing the ball in order to score a point or goal in a game :

Taylor scored with a low shot into the corner of the net.

Good shot!

8.

(often the shot ) [ sing. ] the heavy ball that is used in the sports competition called the shot-put

PHOTOGRAPH

9.

[ C ] a photograph :

I got some good shots of people at the party.

—see also mugshot , snapshot ➡ note at photograph

SCENE IN FILM / MOVIE

10.

[ C ] a scene in a film / movie that is filmed continuously by one camera :

the opening shot of a character walking across a desert

DRUG

11.

[ C ] ( informal , especially NAmE ) a small amount of a drug that is put into your body using a syringe

SYN injection :

a flu shot (= to protect you against flu)

a shot of morphine

DRINK

12.

[ C ] ( informal ) a small amount of a drink, especially a strong alcoholic one :

a shot of whisky

OF SPACECRAFT

13.

[ C ] an occasion when a spacecraft is sent into space :

The space shot was shown live on television.

HORSE / DOG IN RACE

14.

[ sing. ] (used with numbers) a horse, dog, etc. that has the particular chance of winning a race that is mentioned :

The horse is a 10–1 shot.

HELP NOTE : You will find other compounds ending in shot at their place in the alphabet.

IDIOMS

- like a shot

- a shot across the / sb's bows

- a shot in the arm

—more at big adjective , call verb , dark noun , long adjective , parting adjective

■ adjective

1.

shot (with sth) ( of cloth, hair, etc. ) having another colour showing through or mixed with the main colour :

shot silk

2.

[ not before noun ] ( informal ) in a very bad condition; destroyed :

The brakes on this car are shot.

I'm shot—I'm too old for this job.

After the accident his nerves were shot to pieces .

IDIOMS

- be / get shot of sb/sth

- shot through with sth

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WORD ORIGIN

noun Old English sc(e)ot , gesc(e)ot of Germanic origin; related to German Geschoss , from the base of the verb shoot .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.