• "Fred took aim and fired."
    "Fred took aim and fired."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v aim have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal
    • v aim propose or intend "I aim to arrive at noon"
    • v aim specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public
    • v aim direct (a remark) toward an intended goal "She wanted to aim a pun"
    • v aim move into a desired direction of discourse "What are you driving at?"
    • v aim 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"
    • v aim point or cause to go (blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment) towards "Please don't aim at your little brother!","He trained his gun on the burglar","Don't train your camera on the women","Take a swipe at one's opponent"
    • n aim the action of directing something at an object "he took aim and fired"
    • n aim the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable) "the sole object of her trip was to see her children"
    • n aim an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions "his intent was to provide a new translation","good intentions are not enough","it was created with the conscious aim of answering immediate needs","he made no secret of his designs"
    • n aim the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Aiming rapid fire gun Aiming rapid fire gun

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Professional sumo wrestlers, called rikishi, must be quick on their feet and supple, but weight is vital to success as they hurl themselves at their opponents, aiming to floor them or push them outside the 15-foot fighting circle.
    • Aim Conjecture; guess. "What you would work me to, I have some aim ."
    • Aim Intention; purpose; design; scheme. "How oft ambitious aims are crossed!"
    • Aim The point intended to be hit, or object intended to be attained or affected. "To be the aim of every dangerous shot."
    • Aim The pointing of a weapon, as a gun, a dart, or an arrow, in the line of direction with the object intended to be struck; the line of fire; the direction of anything, as a spear, a blow, a discourse, a remark, towards a particular point or object, with a view to strike or affect it. "Each at the head leveled his deadly aim ."
    • v. t Aim To direct or point, as a weapon, at a particular object; to direct, as a missile, an act, or a proceeding, at, to, or against an object; as, to aim a musket or an arrow, the fist or a blow (at something); to aim a satire or a reflection (at some person or vice).
    • Aim To direct the indention or purpose; to attempt the accomplishment of a purpose; to try to gain; to endeavor; -- followed by at, or by an infinitive; as, to aim at distinction; to aim to do well. "Aim'st thou at princes?"
    • Aim To guess or conjecture.
    • Aim To point or direct a missile weapon, or a weapon which propels as missile, towards an object or spot with the intent of hitting it; as, to aim at a fox, or at a target.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • aim To esteem; consider. To estimate; guess; conjecture. Wyclif. To calculate; devise; intend.
    • aim To direct or point at something; level: as, to aim the fist or a blow; to aim a satire or a reflection at some person or vice.
    • aim To give a certain direction and elevation to (a gun, cannon, arrow, etc.), for the purpose of causing the projectile, when the weapon is discharged, to hit the object intended to be struck: as, to aim a gun.
    • aim To estimate; guess; conjecture.
    • aim To direct one's intention, purpose, or action, as to the attainment or accomplishment of something; intend; endeavor: as, a man aims at distinction; aim to be just in all you do.
    • aim To direct or point anything, as a weapon or missile, toward an object.
    • n aim Conjecture; guess.
    • n aim Course; direction: in particular, the direction in which a missile is pointed; the line of shot.
    • n aim The act of aiming or directing anything (as a weapon, a blow, a discourse, or a remark) at or toward a particular point or object with the intention of striking or affecting it; the pointing or directing of a missile.
    • n aim The point intended to be hit, or object intended to be affected; the mark or target.
    • n aim A purpose; intention; design; scheme: as, men are often disappointed of their aim.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Aim ām to point at with a weapon: to direct the intention or endeavour (at):
    • v.t Aim to point, as a weapon or firearm
    • n Aim the pointing of a weapon: the thing pointed at: design: intention
    • v.i Aim ām (obs.) to conjecture
    • ***


  • Gael Boardman
    Gael Boardman
    “You can't aim a duck to death.”
  • Elmer G. Letterman
    Elmer G. Letterman
    “Next in importance to having a good aim is to recognize when to pull the trigger.”
  • Mal Pancoast
    “The odds of hitting your target go up dramatically when you aim at it.”
  • Plutarch
    “Those who aim at great deeds must also suffer greatly.”
  • Peter F. Drucker
    “The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well the product or service fits him and sells itself.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. amen, aimen, eimen, to guess at, to estimate, to aim, OF. esmer, asmer, fr. L. aestimare, to estimate; or perh. fr. OF. aesmer,; (L. ad,) + esmer,. See Estimate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. esmer, to reckon—L. æstimāre, to estimate. See Estimate.


In literature:

Beppo made a succession of wild strokes without any aim, which were parried without effort.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
I only aim to give you a steer.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
I ain't sayin' I stands convicted, but I aims to be a searcher fur the truth; I aims to stop, look, an' lissen.
"Sundry Accounts" by Irvin S. Cobb
One great aim of the board was to promote enclosures.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume I." by Leslie Stephen
And I want to find out how far I can make your aims help my aims.
"The Message" by Alec John Dawson
The only thing Willem saw on gazing down the hole was the wild hound still hanging on the stake; and taking aim at one of its eyes he fired.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
It makes the highest aim of education to prepare for war, and therefore does not cultivate the arts of peace.
"History of Education" by Levi Seeley
We shall be able to offer you a brace of good rifles that never miss their aim.
"Wood Rangers" by Mayne Reid
He very prudently did not aim for the centre spot between the eyes.
"The Plant Hunters" by Mayne Reid
The girl raises the piece to her shoulder, takes aim, and fires.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

Always tending upward
May this be my aim;
Ne'er swerving from duty
Or shrinking from pain.
"To The Eagle" by Mary Weston Fordham
Labor! zealous, calm, secure!
Aim at something high.
Hope and labor till you're sure
Your reward is nigh.
"Labor" by Benjamin Cutler Clark
Pride indeed will sometimes aim
At the finer speech,
But the best that he can frame
Is a peacock-screech.
"December 27, 1879" by George MacDonald
The sowing may be silent--
It may be but a tear,
Its strength is in its purpose,
Its aim must be sincere.
"Needs And Powers" by Jared Barhite
The pupil may surpass the sage
If such his aim shall be,
May fathom truths for many an age
Were wrapped mystery.
"Discontent" by Jared Barhite
For I, alas! like others,
Have missed my dearest aim.
I asked for love. Oh, mockery!
Fate comes to me with fame!
"An Old Memory" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

100 Houses event aims to board up danger in Detroit.
Pennsbury Schools Pennsbury aiming to have all schools open Monday.
A fighter from the Syrian opposition aims fire during clashes with forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, in the center of Syria's restive northern city of Aleppo on July 25, 2012.
Huntington donation aimed at bolstering urban growth.
Western warplanes bombed southern Iraq today in an attack that Iraqi officials said killed four people at the offices of an oil company but that the United States military said was aimed at Iraqi air defenses.
Even though President Bush was speaking to an audience at the University of Alabama, Birmingham this morning his message was aimed at assuring investors nationwide.
Three major publishers are backing a new online effort aimed at engaging and informing readers about authors and books.
After all, how many pigs bust out of a burning shed, rescue their best friend, and earn a trust fund aimed at keeping both animals together forever.
Insurers Take Aim With BPM .
Boston Public Schools ( BPS ) Superintendent Carol Johnson and her staff recently released a range of proposals aimed at overhauling the way that students in Boston are assigned to schools.
Patrick Kennedy aims for the moon — a cure for ' brain disease .
'Call of Duty: Black Ops II' aims toward future with branching narrative, 2025 setting.
Victoria's Secret aims to keep brand name .
The OSX-1 FPSO is currently under conversion at Keppel and is aimed to be operational offshore Brazil next year.
Russian President Vladimir Putin pilots a motorized hang glider while flying with cranes as he takes part in a scientific experiment as part of the 'Flight of Hope', which aims to preserve a rare species of cranes, on September 5, 2012.

In science:

The main aim of the present paper is to define associated bundles and connections in the scheme of locally trivial quantum principal bundles of and .
Locally trivial quantum vector bundles and associated vector bundles
Our aim, however, is to understand chiral symmetry in terms of QCD, the fundamental theory of the strong interactions.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
Leuven aims at developing and investigating logics suitable for declarative knowledge representation.
One of the basic motivations for the development of QUIP was to make a rapid prototyping tool available, aimed for experimenting with different knowledgerepresentation formalisms.
QUIP - A Tool for Computing Nonmonotonic Reasoning Tasks
QSO absorption line systems offer a means of efficiently extending these studies to wider volumes and higher redshift, which is the aim of the program described here.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field