Meaning of TARGET in English

— targetable , adj. — targetless , adj.

/tahr"git/ , n.

1. an object, usually marked with concentric circles, to be aimed at in shooting practice or contests.

2. any object used for this purpose.

3. anything fired at.

4. a goal to be reached.

5. an object of abuse, scorn, derision, etc.; butt.

6. Fencing. the portion of a fencer's body where a touch can be scored.

7. a disk-shaped signal, as at a railroad switch, indicating the position of a switch.

8. Survey.

a. the sliding sight on a leveling rod.

b. any marker on which sights are taken.

9. a small shield, usually round, carried by a foot soldier; buckler.

10. on target ,

a. properly aimed or on the right course toward a target.

b. accurate, correct, or valid: Their description of the event was on target.

c. filling or meeting a requirement or expectations: The amount of supplies we took was right on target.


11. that is or may be a target or goal: The target group consisted of college graduates who earned more than $50,000 a year.


12. to use, set up, or designate as a target or goal.

13. to direct toward a target: The new warheads can be targeted with great precision.

14. to make a target of (an object, person, city, etc.) for attack or bombardment.

15. target on or in on , to establish or use as a target or goal: The club is targeting on September for the move to larger quarters.

[ 1350-1400; ME (n.) targuete, var. of targete small shield. See TARGE, -ET ]

Syn. 4. aim, end, purpose.

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