Meaning of SHOT in English


shot 1

— shotless , adj. — shotlike , adj.

/shot/ , n. , pl. shots or, for 6, 8, shot; v. , shotted, shotting .


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, esp. 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, esp. 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, esp. an ounce, of undiluted liquor.

20. an amount due, esp. at a tavern.

21. Photog.

a. a photograph, esp. a snapshot: Here's a nice shot of my kids.

b. the act of making a photograph, esp. a snapshot.

22. Motion Pictures , 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. Metall. comparatively hard globules of metal in the body of a casting.

25. Naut. a 90-foot (27-m) 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.

29. by a long shot . See long shot (def. 4).

30. call one's shots , Informal. to indicate beforehand what one intends to do and how one intends to do it.

31. 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.

32. have or take a shot at , make an attempt at: I'll have a shot at solving the problem.

33. like a shot , instantly; quickly: He bolted out of here like a shot.

34. 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.

35. shot in the dark , Informal. a wild guess; a random conjecture.


36. to load or supply with shot.

37. to weight with shot.


38. to manufacture shot, as in a shot tower.

[ bef. 900; ME; OE sc ( e ) ot, ( ge ) sceot; c. G Schoss, Geschoss; akin to SHOOT ]

Syn. 15. chance, go, essay.

shot 2

/shot/ , v.

1. pt. and pp. of shoot .


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.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .