What does target mean?

Definitions for target
ˈtɑr gɪttar·get

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. target, marknoun

    a reference point to shoot at

    "his arrow hit the mark"

  2. prey, quarry, target, fair gamenoun

    a person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence

    "he fell prey to muggers"; "everyone was fair game"; "the target of a manhunt"

  3. target, target areanoun

    the location of the target that is to be hit

  4. target, buttnoun

    sports equipment consisting of an object set up for a marksman or archer to aim at

  5. aim, object, objective, targetverb

    the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable)

    "the sole object of her trip was to see her children"

  6. target, aim, place, direct, pointverb

    intend (something) to move towards a certain goal

    "He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face"; "criticism directed at her superior"; "direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself"


  1. targetnoun

    A butt or mark to shoot at, as for practice, or to test the accuracy of a firearm, or the force of a projectile.

    Take careful aim at the target.

  2. targetnoun

    A goal or objective.

    They have a target to finish the project by November.

  3. targetnoun

    A kind of small shield or buckler, used as a defensive weapon in war.

  4. targetnoun

    A shield resembling the Roman scutum. In modern usage, a smaller variety of shield is usually implied by this term.

  5. targetnoun

    The pattern or arrangement of a series of hits made by a marksman on a butt or mark.

    He made a good target.

  6. targetnoun

    The sliding crosspiece, or vane, on a leveling staff.

  7. targetnoun

    A conspicuous disk attached to a switch lever to show its position, or for use as a signal.

  8. targetnoun

    the number of runs that the side batting last needs to score in the final innings in order to win

  9. targetnoun

    The tenor of a metaphor.

  10. targetverb

    To aim something, especially a weapon, at (a target).

  11. targetverb

    To aim for as an audience or demographic.

    The advertising campaign targeted older women.

  12. targetverb

    To produce code suitable for.

    This cross-platform compiler can target any of several processors.

  13. targetnoun

    The translated version of a document, or the language into which translation occurs.

    Do you charge by source or target?

  14. targetnoun

    A person (or group of people) that a person or organization is trying to employ or to have as a customer, audience etc.

  15. Etymology: Diminutive of targe.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Targe, Targetnoun

    A kind of buckler or shield born on the left arm. It seems to be commonly used for a defensive weapon less in circumference than a shield.

    Etymology: targa , Saxon; targe, Italian; targe, French; tarian, Welsh, which seems the original of the rest; an taargett, Erse.

    Glancing on his helmet made a large
    And open gash therein, were not his targe
    That broke the violence. Fa. Qu.

    I took all their
    Seven points in my target. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    Henceforward will I bear
    Upon my target three fair shining suns. William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.

    The arms she useth most is the target to shroud herself under, and fence away the blow. James Howell, England’s Tears.

    Those leaves
    They gather’d, broad as Amazonian targe. John Milton.

    The Greeks the gates approach’d, their targets cast
    Over their heads, some scaling ladders plac’d
    Against the walls. William Derham.



    Target is a song by English rock band Embrace and is featured on their number-one charting fifth album, This New Day. It was released 11 September 2006 as the follow-up to the band's official World Cup 2006 Anthem. It didn't repeat the top 3 success of their two recent singles from their album, peaking at #29 in the UK Singles Chart and was their last song to reach the UK top 40.


  1. target

    A target refers to a specific objective or goal that one wants to achieve. It could also refer to a person, object, or place chosen for an attack or criticism. In business context, a target could refer to a particular market segment or customer group at which a product or service is aimed. In sports, it could refer to a specific area or point that players aim to hit. The definition of target varies depending on the context in which it is used.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Targetnoun

    a kind of small shield or buckler, used as a defensive weapon in war

  2. Targetnoun

    a butt or mark to shoot at, as for practice, or to test the accuracy of a firearm, or the force of a projectile

  3. Targetnoun

    the pattern or arrangement of a series of hits made by a marksman on a butt or mark; as, he made a good target

  4. Targetnoun

    the sliding crosspiece, or vane, on a leveling staff

  5. Targetnoun

    a conspicuous disk attached to a switch lever to show its position, or for use as a signal


  1. Target

    Target was a police drama series which ran from 1977-78 on BBC1. It was set in Southampton as the 13th Regional Crime Squad. The series was originally developed under the title of Hackett by producer Graham Williams, but he was then asked to swop roles with the outgoing producer of Doctor Who, Philip Hinchcliffe who retitled the show Target. It starred Patrick Mower as Det. Supt. Steve Hackett, Brendan Price as Det. Sgt. Frank Bonney, Vivien Heilbron as Det. Sgt. Louise Colbert and Philip Madoc as Det. Chief Supt. Tate. Seventeen episodes were produced over two series. The show was the BBC response to ITV's highly successful series The Sweeney. Like The Sweeney the cars used were Fords, mostly Cortinas and Granadas; however Hackett's personal car is American along the lines of a Dodge Charger and is seen in a number of episodes. There is a distinct lack of humour compared to the Sweeney and at the time the series was slated as being more violent than The Sweeney, though watching this now it is hard to tell the difference. The second series was toned down. Also Patrick Mower being such a strong actor seems to overpower the supporting cast, something that was not evident in the Sweeney. The theme music was by Dudley Simpson. Each episode lasted approx 50mins. A third series was mooted with Robert Banks Stewart taking over as producer. He spent two weeks in the producer's chair, during which he planned to change the supporting cast, bring down the violence and steer the show further away from The Sweeney. However, he has then informed by the head of drama that the series was being scrapped and asked to come up with a replacement crime series. He devised the private eye drama Shoestring.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. target

    1. An entity or object considered for possible engagement or other action. 2. In intelligence usage, a country, area, installation, agency, or person against which intelligence operations are directed. 3. An area designated and numbered for future firing. 4. In gunfire support usage, an impact burst that hits the target. See also objective area.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. target

    [Anglo-Saxon targe]. A leathern shield. A mark to aim at.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. target

    In its modern sense, is the mark for aiming at in practicing with the cannon, rifle, or bow and arrow. In its more ancient meaning, a target, or targe, was a shield, circular in form, cut out of ox-hide, mounted on light but strong wood, and strengthened by bosses, spikes, etc. Of modern targets, the simplest is that used for archery. With regard to rifle-targets, the numerous rifle-matches have caused ranges to be constructed over the whole country. The necessities are: a butt, artificially constructed or cut in the face of a hill, to prevent wide balls from scattering; a marker’s shot-proof cell, near the targets; and a range of such length as can be procured. The targets used at the Creedmoor range on Long Island, and by the U. S. army, are divided into three classes and are of the following sizes: The third class, to be used at all distances up to and including 300 yards, is a rectangle 6 feet high and 4 feet wide. Three concentric circles are described, with the middle point as a centre and radii of 4, 13, and 23 inches respectively. The inner circle is black, and so are the lines marking the circumference of the middle and outer circles; the rest of the target is white. The second class is a square, 6 feet high. Three concentric circles are drawn, with the middle point as a centre and radii of 11, 19, and 27 inches respectively. The inner circle is black, as well as the circumferences of the other circles; the rest of the target is white. This target is used at all distances over 300, to, and including, 600 yards. The first class, to be used at all distances over 600 yards, is a rectangle, 6 feet high and 12 feet wide. It has two concentric circles, described with a radii of 18 and 27 inches respectively, the centre being at the middle point of the target, and two lines drawn parallel to, and 3 feet from, each end (leaving the inner, square, 6 feet by 6 feet). The target is white, except the lines just indicated and the inner circle, which are black. The smallest circle, always painted black, is called the bull’s-eye, and when struck, counts 5 for the marksman; the ring embraced between the bull’s-eye and the circumference of the next larger circle is called the centre, which counts 4; and the ring between the second and third circles is called the inner, which scores 3; and the space outside of the larger circle is called the outer, and scores 2. In the first-class target the space between the second circle and the vertical lines is the inner, and the space outside the vertical lines is the outer.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'target' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1612

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'target' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2238

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'target' in Nouns Frequency: #510

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'target' in Verbs Frequency: #870

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of target in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of target in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of target in a Sentence

  1. Shraga Brosh:

    We need to target growth of 4 to 5 percent so if you want to reach that, you need to turn on the engine of exports.

  2. Steve Clapcote:

    Our work using mice has identified phosphodiesterase-4B as a promising target for potential new treatments.

  3. United States:

    If these actions happen, it will eat up the carbon budget which is already shrinking in India and the target of 1.5 or 2 degrees will become increasingly hard.

  4. Vestas CEO Anders Runevad:

    The target is our best estimate at this point in time so early on in the year. They are minimum guidance, so of course we can do better.

  5. Ralitsa Hiteva:

    We are seeing that people are personally affected by things related to both the target for net zero, and are seeing and experiencing the impact of climate change -- from large wildfires to the rapid increases of the price of energy.

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