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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shooting, shotnoun

    the act of firing a projectile

    "his shooting was slow but accurate"

  2. shot, pelletnoun

    a solid missile discharged from a firearm

    "the shot buzzed past his ear"

  3. stroke, shotnoun

    (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 requires good balance and tempo"; "he left me an almost impossible shot"

  4. shot, cracknoun

    a chance to do something

    "he wanted a shot at the champion"

  5. shot, shooternoun

    a person who shoots (usually with respect to their ability to shoot)

    "he is a crack shot"; "a poor shooter"

  6. scene, shotnoun

    a consecutive series of pictures that constitutes a unit of action in a film

  7. injection, shotnoun

    the act of putting a liquid into the body by means of a syringe

    "the nurse gave him a flu shot"

  8. nip, shotnoun

    a small drink of liquor

    "he poured a shot of whiskey"

  9. shot, shaft, slam, dig, barb, jibe, gibenoun

    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"

  10. guess, guesswork, guessing, shot, dead reckoningnoun

    an estimate based on little or no information

  11. snapshot, snap, shotnoun

    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"

  12. shotnoun

    sports equipment consisting of a heavy metal ball used in the shot put

    "he trained at putting the shot"

  13. shotnoun

    an explosive charge used in blasting

  14. shotnoun

    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"

  15. shotnoun

    an attempt to score in a game

  16. shot, stabnoun

    informal words for any attempt or effort

    "he gave it his best shot"; "he took a stab at forecasting"

  17. blastoff, shotadjective

    the launching of a missile or spacecraft to a specified destination

  18. changeable, chatoyant, iridescent, shotadjective

    varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles

    "changeable taffeta"; "chatoyant (or shot) silk"; "a dragonfly hovered, vibrating and iridescent"


  1. shotnoun

    A charge to paid, a scot or shout.

    Drink up. It's his shot.

  2. shotinterjection

    Thank you.

  3. Etymology: From sceot, from Germanic *skot-. Cognate with German Schoß. Compare scot.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Shotnoun

    Etymology: schot, Dutch; from shoot.

    A shot unheard gave me a wound unseen. Philip Sidney.

    Proud death!
    What feast is tow’rd in thy infernal cell,
    That thou so many princes at a shot
    So bloodily hast struck? William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    I shall here abide the hourly shot
    Of angry eyes. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    At this booty they were joyful, for that they were supplied thereby with good store of powder and shot. John Hayward.

    Above one thousand great shot were spent upon the walls, without any damage to the garrison. Edward Hyde.

    He caused twenty shot of his greatest cannon to be made at the king’s army. Edward Hyde.

    Impatient to revenge the fatal shot,
    His right hand doubly to his left succeeds. Dryden.

    She sat over against him, a good way off, as it were a bow shot. Gen. xxi. 16.

    A man is never welcome to a place, ’till some certain shot be paid, and the hostess say welcome. William Shakespeare.

    As the fund of our pleasure, let each pay his shot;
    Far hence be the sad, the lewd fop, and the sot. Ben Jonson.

    Shepherd, leave decoying,
    Pipes are sweet a Summer’s day;
    But a little after toying,
    Women have the shot to pay. Dryden.

    He touch’d the pence when others touch’d the pot;
    The hand that sign’d the mortgage paid the shot. Jonathan Swift.

  2. Shotthe preterite and participle passive of shoot.

    On the other side a pleasant grove
    Was shot up high, full of the stately tree
    That dedicated is to Olympick Jove. Fairy Queen.

    Their tongue is as an arrow shot out, it speaketh deceit. Jer. ix. 8.

    The fortifier of Pendennis made his advantage of the commodiousness afforded by the ground, and shot rather at a safe preserving the harbour from sudden attempts of little fleets, than to withstand any great navy. Carew.

    He only thought to crop the flow’r,
    New shot up from a vernal show’r. John Milton.

    From before her vanish’d night,
    Shot through with orient beams. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    Sometimes they shot out in length like rivers, and sometimes they flew into remote countries in colonies. Burnet.

    The same metal is naturally shot into quite different figures, as quite different kinds of them are of the same figure. John Woodward.

    Prone on ocean in a moment flung,
    Stretch’d wide his eager arms, and shot the seas along. Alexander Pope.


  1. Shot

    Shot is a song by the Finnish alternative rock band The Rasmus, originally released on the band's sixth studio album Hide from the Sun on September 2, 2006. The single was released on March 30, 2006. This is the last single to be released from Hide from the Sun. The song "Immortal" was later released as a music video, but there was no single. The song reached #6 on the Finland Singles Chart.


  1. shot

    A "shot" is a broad term that can refer to several different concepts, depending on its context: 1. In photography and filmmaking, a shot refers to a single, continuous recording of a scene. 2. In medicine, a shot is an injection of a drug or vaccine into the body with a syringe. 3. In sports, particularly in ball games, a shot refers to an attempt made to score points. 4. In the context of drinking, a shot refers to a small amount of liquor served in a shot glass. 5. In warfare or hunting, a shot refers to the discharge of a firearm or other weapon. 6. In general terms, a shot can also refer to a chance or attempt to do something.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shot

    of Shoot

  2. Shot

    imp. & p. p. of Shoot

  3. Shotadjective

    woven in such a way as to produce an effect of variegation, of changeable tints, or of being figured; as, shot silks. See Shoot, v. t., 8

  4. Shotverb

    a share or proportion; a reckoning; a scot

  5. Shot

    of Shot

  6. Shotnoun

    the act of shooting; discharge of a firearm or other weapon which throws a missile

  7. Shotnoun

    a missile weapon, particularly a ball or bullet; specifically, whatever is discharged as a projectile from firearms or cannon by the force of an explosive

  8. Shotnoun

    small globular masses of lead, of various sizes, -- used chiefly for killing game; as, bird shot; buckshot

  9. Shotnoun

    the flight of a missile, or the distance which it is, or can be, thrown; as, the vessel was distant more than a cannon shot

  10. Shotnoun

    a marksman; one who practices shooting; as, an exellent shot

  11. Shotverb

    to load with shot, as a gun

  12. Etymology: [OE. shot, schot, AS. gesceot a missile; akin to D. schot a shot, shoot, G. schuss, geschoss a missile, Icel. skot a throwing, a javelin, and E. shoot, v.t. 159. See Shoot, and cf. Shot a share.]


  1. Shot

    Shot is a song by the Finnish alternative rock band The Rasmus, originally released on the band's sixth studio album Hide from the Sun on September 2, 2006. The single was released on March 30, 2006. This is the last single to be released from Hide from the Sun. The song "Immortal" was later released as a music video, but there was no single. The song reached #6 on the Finland Singles Chart.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shot

    pa.t. and pa.p. of shoot.

  2. Shot

    shot, adj. (Spens.) advanced in years.—n. a young pig. [Perh. pa.p. of shoot.]

  3. Shot

    shot, n. act of shooting: a marksman: a missile: flight of a missile, or the distance passed by it: small globules of lead: (gun.) solid projectiles generally: a small pellet, of which there are a number in one charge: range of shot, reach: one cast or set of fishing-nets: the act of shooting, one who shoots, a marksman: a plot of land, a square furlong: a stroke in billiards, &c.—v.t. to load with shot:—pr.p. shot′ting; pa.p. shot′ted.ns. Shot′-belt, a belt with a pouch for carrying shot; Shot′-cart′ridge, a cartridge containing small shot; Shot′-gauge, an instrument for measuring the size of round-shot; Shot′-gun, a smooth-bore gun for small shot, a fowling-piece; Shot′-hole, a hole made by a shot or bullet: a blasting-hole ready for a blast; Shot′-of-a-cā′ble, a length of rope as it comes from the rope-walk; Shot′-pouch, a pouch for small shot.—adjs. Shot′-proof, proof against shot; Shot′ted, loaded with ball and powder: having a shot or weight attached.—ns. Shot′-tow′er, a place where small shot is made by dropping molten lead through a colander in rapid motion from a considerable height into water; Shot′-win′dow, a projecting window in the staircases of old Scotch wooden houses.—A bad shot, a wrong guess; A shot in the locker, a last reserve of money, food, &c.

  4. Shot

    shot, adj. having a changeable colour, chatoyant, as silk, alpaca, &c.

  5. Shot

    shot, n. a reckoning, a share of a tavern-bill, &c.—adj. Shot′-free (Shak.), exempted from paying one's share of the reckoning or of expense. [Scot.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. shot

    Anglo-Saxon sceat. A share of anything; a contribution in fair proportion.

  2. shot

    All sorts of missiles to be discharged from fire-arms, those for great guns being mainly of iron; for small-arms, of lead. When used without prefix, the term generally means the solid shot only, as fired for a heavy blow, or for penetration. Also, a synonym of scot, a reckoning at an inn, and has immemorially been thus understood. Ben Jonson's rules are "As the fund of our pleasure, let each pay his shot." Also, a lot or quantity. Also, the particular spot where fishermen take a draught with their nets, and also the draught of fishes made by a net. Also, the sternmost division of a fishing-boat. Also, arrows, darts, or anything that was shot. Also, a kind of trout. Also, a foot-soldier who carried a fire-lock.--To be shot of, signifies to get rid of, turned out.--To shot the guns. In active service the guns were generally loaded, but not shotted, as, from corrosion, it was found difficult to draw the shot; and the working and concussion not unfrequently started it, and consequently, if the gun was fired before re-driving it "home," it was in danger of bursting.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. shot

    See Projectile.

  2. shot

    The act of shooting; discharge of a missile weapon. Also, the flight of a missile weapon, or the distance which it passes from the engine; as, a cannon-shot; a musket-shot, etc. Also, a marksman; one who practices shooting; as, an excellent shot.

  3. shot

    To load with shot over a cartridge; as, to shot the guns.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'shot' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2108

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'shot' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2317

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'shot' in Nouns Frequency: #919

Anagrams for shot »

  1. tosh

  2. host

  3. thos

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shot in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shot in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of shot in a Sentence

  1. Jasmine Warren:

    I could have been shot and killed and I thought about that too, what made me not fear him was when I looked into his eyes and I could tell he was afraid himself.

  2. Antonio Banderas:

    It was more difficult than if we had shot it in the studio ... It would have been different, the extreme conditions we were working in, how cold the mine was, how dry, the methane gas that we were breathing the whole entire time, it made you feel like you had the flu, the entire crew was sick for a while. But, it brings a lot of realism, it just makes you understand the lives of these people.

  3. Kim Potter:

    S---! I just shot him.

  4. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow:

    I shot an arrow into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where; For so swiftly it flew, the sight Could not follow it in its flight. I breathed a song into the air, It fell to earth, I knew not where; For, who has sight so keen and strong That it can follow the flight of song? Long, long afterward, in an oak I found the arrow, still unbroken; And the song, from beginning to end, I found again in the heart of a friend.

  5. Rob Jackson:

    In the long run at the SEC, there's a lot of work we need to do, too many people feel like they don't have a fair shot in the market. To the degree we can convince people to do the right thing and save some money (and invest), that's something I would be proud of.

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  • cop, llançamentCatalan, Valencian
  • koule, výstřelCzech
  • hagl, skud, kugleDanish
  • Aufnahme, Wurf, Shot, Schuss, SpritzeGerman
  • πυροβολισμός, σκάγια, βολήGreek
  • pafoEsperanto
  • trago, chupito, peso, disparo, bala, tiro, tequilazo, cansado, desgastadoSpanish
  • پیک, شلیک, نما, شات, شوتPersian
  • paukku, pisto, sivallus, mahdollisuus, rokote, kuula, otto, iskemä, hauli, rokotus, laukaus, tujaus, piikki, tälli, yritys, väsynyt, puhki, poikki, kulunutFinnish
  • plomb, frappe, piqure, tir, dose, shooter, coup, poids, naze, crevé, fichuFrench
  • urcharIrish
  • urchairScottish Gaelic
  • lövés, felesHungarian
  • sparo, tiroItalian
  • ショット, 発射Japanese
  • Korean
  • tembakanMalay
  • kogel, schot, hagel, versleten, uitgeputDutch
  • haglNorwegian
  • strzał, kręceniePolish
  • foto, chute, fotografia, peso, tiroPortuguese
  • попытка, инъекция, ядро, бросок, кадр, доза, укол, выстрел, рю́мка, порция, дробь, удар, выплатаRussian
  • pucanjSerbo-Croatian
  • brok, výstrelSlovak
  • shot, chansning, hagel, skott, försök, skrotSwedish
  • kaptulaSwahili
  • aşınmakTurkish
  • Vietnamese

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