hit-or-miss

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj hit-or-miss dependent upon or characterized by chance "a haphazard plan of action","his judgment is rather hit-or-miss"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • hit-or-miss Recklessly; haphazard: as, he rode hit-or-miss.
    • hit-or-miss Reckless; haphazard.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Hit-or-miss reckless, hap-hazard
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hyttan, app. Ice. hitta, to light on, to find; Sw. hitta, to find, Dan. hitte, to hit upon.

Usage

In literature:

But either he missed the shot altogether or he hit the wrong part, and the thing didn't explode.
"The Doings of the Fifteenth Infantry Brigade" by Edward Lord Gleichen
He knew the rooms at that hit or miss tavern.
"Fair Harbor" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln
It probes around more or less hit-or-miss until it locates something, somewhere, that looks habitable.
"Circus" by Alan Edward Nourse
Because we don't want to conduct our affairs just any old way, hit or miss; we want to make ours the best class ever!
"The Girl Scouts' Good Turn" by Edith Lavell
This game of war is a hit or miss game, after all.
"The Creed of the Old South 1865-1915" by Basil L. Gildersleeve
Late one morning, on opening my eyes, my first thought was: It will be hit or miss at the Bank of England within the next sixty minutes.
"Bidwell's Travels, from Wall Street to London Prison" by Austin Biron Bidwell
He's going for it hit or miss.
"Labrador Days" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
The way they operate it's a pretty hit-or-miss operation.
"The Perfectionists" by Arnold Castle
The first thing she did was to seize a row of candles, hit or miss, and dashed them into the kettle.
"Little Grandmother" by Sophie May
This has a virtuosity of its own, for all its hit-or-miss appearance.
"Picture and Text" by Henry James
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In poetry:

Who set their will upon a whim
Clung to through good and ill,
Are wrecked alike whether they sink or swim,
Or hit or miss their will.
"In The Willow Shade" by Christina Georgina Rossetti

In news:

Christopher Moore is a very talented supernatural comic novelist, but he's maddeningly hit-or-miss.
The results were just as hit-or-miss as not tapering at all.
Before the discovery, single atom transistors were created on a hit or miss basis.
Great flounder action on coast, but weakfish are hit or miss.
" 30 minutes or Less" comedy misses more than it hits.
Ticket sales for many of this year's bowl games have been hit or miss depending on the games and their opponents.
Rush has never been a hits band, but the power trio's best records at least spawned one or two memorable tunes 2007's "Snakes and Arrows" was a good album as a whole, yet stripped into pieces it missed that one killer track.
New slugger is the definition of hit or miss.
Until now, designing infotainment controls has been a hit-or-miss affair for automakers and suppliers.
Homeland has been a little hit-or-miss in its second season.
Last year, MFS and ING experts picked the tech sector, mid-caps and others as best bets in 2012—were those hits or misses.
Mariners' new scoreboard: hit or miss.
' Like Crazy ' review: Twentysomething love story is a hit-or-miss affair.
The success of these remedies, however, was hit or miss.
Danny's Song' by Loggins and Messina – Classic Hit or Miss.
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In science:

The ”hit or miss” method of integration was applied to obtain the number π from the integral of a quarter of a circle, and other integration methods were repeated, both using our numbers and common congruential pseudo-random numbers .
Non-periodic pseudo-random numbers used in Monte Carlo calculations
This is due to the fact that for each cache analysis block a complete routine has to be run to find out whether there is a cache miss or a cache hit.
Cycle Accurate Binary Translation for Simulation Acceleration in Rapid Prototyping of SoCs
F denotes the class of closed subsets in Rd and σF is the σ -algebra generated by the so-called hit-or-miss topology (see ).
On the approximation of mean densities of random closed sets
Unweighted hard scattering events are produced using the ‘hit-or-miss’ method as described in section 3.2.1.
Phenomenological aspects of new physics at high energy hadron colliders
However, C (S ) can also be identified as the “hit or miss” σ-field on C (S ), a concept relating to the theory of random sets.
Countable Random Sets: Uniqueness in Law and Constructiveness
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