marksman

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n marksman someone skilled in shooting
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Marksman One skillful to hit a mark with a missile; one who shoots well. especially with a pistol or rifle.
    • Marksman (Law) One who makes his mark, instead of writing his name, in signing documents.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n marksman One who is skilful in shooting with a gun or a bow; one who readily hits the mark; a good shooter.
    • n marksman One who, not being able to write, makes his mark instead of signing his name.
    • n marksman A soldier who makes 60 per cent. at target practice at ranges up to 600 yards.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Marksman one good at hitting a mark: one who shoots well
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Earlier markman,; mark, + man,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. mearc, a boundary; Ger. mark, Goth. marka.

Usage

In literature:

Jack Carleton was a fine marksman, but in a friendly contest in which the three engaged, the Sauk beat him almost every time.
"Footprints in the Forest" by Edward Sylvester Ellis
He was an admirable marksman.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9" by Various
Probably the speed at which my animal was proceeding saved me, as the marksman could not take a steady aim.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
And who is the handsomest marksman?
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Then his pistol spoke, and a groan beyond showed that he had been a successful marksman.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks" by H. Irving Hancock
You did not do badly for a beginner, and I can assure you that when you have a Kentucky rifle like us, you will be a good marksman.
"Wood Rangers" by Mayne Reid
The result will of course be the same whether the target or the marksman be in movement.
"A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century" by Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
For a marksman and swordsman like him, he said, one with his strength and courage, there was but danger.
"Harper's Young People, December 23, 1879" by Various
He was an excellent marksman, and had killed or wounded several Union officers.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
He was a good marksman, and the shot was as effective as the other.
"The Ranger" by Edward S. Ellis
And he's a great marksman, you know: it wouldn't do for an Indian to get in the way of his rifle.
"The Cabin on the Prairie" by C. H. (Charles Henry) Pearson
He has great fame as a marksman; he sees very well.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Somebody wasn't a good marksman, or had let blind rage unnerve him and spoil his aim.
"The Man the Martians Made" by Frank Belknap Long
One keen marksman struck down an Indian at the distance of eighty rods, breaking his thigh bone.
"King Philip" by John S. C. (John Stevens Cabot) Abbott
Qualify as a marksman in accordance with the regulations of the National Rifle Association.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
In these excursions it is not uncommon for an active and expert marksman to kill ten or twelve dozen in a tide.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXIII No. 5 November 1848" by Various
In my agued hand it should have been harmless enough, but the range was short and I had once been a marksman.
"The Portal of Dreams" by Charles Neville Buck
I am an expert marksman, and can hit the eye of the bull at a hundred yards.
"Frontier Boys in the South Seas" by Wyn Roosevelt
He had been a soldier, and was said to be the finest marksman in Scotland.
"The Men of the Moss-Hags" by S. R. Crockett
He was the best marksman in the region, able to bring down his quarry while riding at full speed.
"Children's Stories in American Literature, 1660-1860" by Henrietta Christian Wright
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In poetry:

And now with joy his heart strings swell,
And blest he deems his lot;
For the foil'd tyger as he fell,
A latent marksman shot.
"The Elephant" by William Hayley
Mistaken Marksman! now you may
Such idle bullets throw away;
For what avails your Pop-gun skill,
Your shot may wound—but hers can kill.
"To A Gentleman: Sitting Next to a Young Lady presents a Pop-Gun to the Author" by Samuel Bowden
Brave Cameron, true Cameron, thy country, I ween,
With pride thy rare skill as a marksman has seen;
More dearly she greets thee, young, gallant, and true,
Unscathed by an ordeal borne bravely by few.
"Brave Angus Cameron" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

The recalled products under the brands – River Run and Marksman, were manufactured at Cargill's Lecompte, La.
Opera Atelier aims to frighten with The Marksman.
Opera Atelier 's Marksman hits unlikely bull's-eye: Review.
As the character Kaspar in Opera Atelier's Der Freischütz (The Marksman), which opened Oct 27 at the Elgin Theatre, he is the evil go-between the hero Max and the satanic Samiel.
Among the moves the Dallas Mavericks made Wednesday in the ongoing reconstruction of the roster, one key element is missing: a 3-point marksman .
An 87-year-old ex-Army marksman gets a couple of shots in, reportedly before the would-be burglars took off.
Spain marksman David Villa faces another daunting test.
The marksman with the best overall score wins.
The unit also established a new combined Close Quarters Squad Designated Marksman class, which added to the many marksmanship programs offered to soldiers and units as they improve their marksmanship techniques prior to deploying to combat.
And it is agreed on the street that the still anonymous shooter is indeed a fine marksman , or lucky.
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif — Chris Packley returned from Fallujah in 2004 a top marksman on a sniper team showcased in the Marine Corps Times for its 22 kills.
The Marksman II is sensitive enough to detect leaks from orifices as small as 0.004 inches at 5 psi from a distance of 12 inches.
DC Comics aficionados will recognize that name as the young marksman who has been known as, since his debut in 1941, the Green Arrow 's sidekick Speedy, Teen Titans member Arsenal, and the Justice League's drug-addicted, one-armed Red Arrow .
Blizzard marksman Grove MJHL's player of the month.
Army Commendation Medal , Good Conduct Medal , Overseas Ribbon and Marksman Medal .
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