• "'Shame on you all, to hit a helpless man!'"
    "'Shame on you all, to hit a helpless man!'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hit pay unsolicited and usually unwanted sexual attention to "He tries to hit on women in bars"
    • v hit gain points in a game "The home team scored many times","He hit a home run","He hit .300 in the past season"
    • v hit make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target "The Germans struck Poland on Sept. 1, 1939","We must strike the enemy's oil fields","in the fifth inning, the Giants struck, sending three runners home to win the game 5 to 2"
    • v hit hit with a missile from a weapon
    • v hit hit the intended target or goal
    • v hit consume to excess "hit the bottle"
    • v hit affect or afflict suddenly, usually adversely "We were hit by really bad weather","He was stricken with cancer when he was still a teenager","The earthquake struck at midnight"
    • v hit produce by manipulating keys or strings of musical instruments, also metaphorically "The pianist strikes a middle C","strike `z' on the keyboard","her comments struck a sour note"
    • v hit hit against; come into sudden contact with "The car hit a tree","He struck the table with his elbow"
    • v hit deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument "He hit her hard in the face"
    • v hit cause to move by striking "hit a ball"
    • v hit reach a point in time, or a certain state or level "The thermometer hit 100 degrees","This car can reach a speed of 140 miles per hour"
    • v hit reach a destination, either real or abstract "We hit Detroit by noon","The water reached the doorstep","We barely made it to the finish line","I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts"
    • v hit drive something violently into a location "he hit his fist on the table","she struck her head on the low ceiling"
    • v hit cause to experience suddenly "Panic struck me","An interesting idea hit her","A thought came to me","The thought struck terror in our minds","They were struck with fear"
    • v hit encounter by chance "I stumbled across a long-lost cousin last night in a restaurant"
    • v hit kill intentionally and with premeditation "The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered"
    • n hit (baseball) a successful stroke in an athletic contest (especially in baseball) "he came all the way around on Williams' hit"
    • n hit a conspicuous success "that song was his first hit and marked the beginning of his career","that new Broadway show is a real smasher","the party went with a bang"
    • n hit the act of contacting one thing with another "repeated hitting raised a large bruise","after three misses she finally got a hit"
    • n hit a connection made via the internet to another website "WordNet gets many hits from users worldwide"
    • n hit a murder carried out by an underworld syndicate "it has all the earmarks of a Mafia hit"
    • n hit a dose of a narcotic drug
    • n hit (physics) a brief event in which two or more bodies come together "the collision of the particles resulted in an exchange of energy and a change of direction"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"He hit out with all his force." "He hit out with all his force."
Hit Dad in the Nose With The Butt of a Revolver 255 Hit Dad in the Nose With The Butt of a Revolver 255
Hit Hit
Hit your man low Hit your man low
Some fine Free Hitting Some fine Free Hitting
Tommy hitting Richard with a mop Tommy hitting Richard with a mop
William hitting Mr. Biggs in the face with the brush William hitting Mr. Biggs in the face with the brush

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pucks hit by hockey sticks have reached speeds of up to 150 miles per hour
    • Hit 3d pers. sing. pres. of Hide, contracted from hideth.
    • Hit A game won at backgammon after the adversary has removed some of his men. It counts less than a gammon.
    • Hit A peculiarly apt expression or turn of thought; a phrase which hits the mark; as, a happy hit .
    • Hit A striking against; the collision of one body against another; the stroke that touches anything. "So he the famed Cilician fencer praised,
      And, at each hit , with wonder seems amazed."
    • Hit (Baseball) A striking of the ball; as, a safe hit; a foul hit ; -- sometimes used specifically for a base hit.
    • Hit A stroke of success in an enterprise, as by a fortunate chance; as, he made a hit ; "What late he called a blessing, now was wit,
      And God's good providence, a lucky hit ."
    • Hit An act of murder performed for hire, esp. by a professional assassin.
    • pron Hit It.
    • Hit To guess; to light upon or discover. "Thou hast hit it."
    • Hit To meet or come in contact; to strike; to clash; -- followed by against or on. "If bodies be extension alone, how can they move and hit one against another?""Corpuscles, meeting with or hitting on those bodies, become conjoined with them."
    • Hit To meet or reach what was aimed at or desired; to succeed, -- often with implied chance, or luck. "And oft it hits Where hope is coldest and despair most fits.""And millions miss for one that hits ."
    • Hit To reach or attain exactly; to meet according to the occasion; to perform successfully; to attain to; to accord with; to be conformable to; to suit. "Birds learning tunes, and their endeavors to hit the notes right.""There you hit him; . . . that argument never fails with him.""Whose saintly visage is too bright
      To hit the sense of human sight."
      "He scarcely hit my humor."
    • Hit To reach with a stroke or blow; to strike or touch, usually with force; especially, to reach or touch (an object aimed at). "I think you have hit the mark."
    • Hit (Backgammon) To take up, or replace by a piece belonging to the opposing player; -- said of a single unprotected piece on a point.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Approximately 40,000 tons of meteoric dust hits the Earth each year.
    • hit To strike or touch with some degree of force; give a stroke or blow to; especially, to strike intentionally.
    • hit To knock; move by means of a hit, stroke, or blow.
    • hit To reach or attain to in perception or execution; come at; light upon; lay hold of so as to reproduce or portray.
    • hit To conform to; agree with; fit; suit: as, this hits my fancy.
    • hit In backgammon: To take up (one of an opponent's men lying single or uncovered), by moving a man to its point.
    • hit To beat when one's opponent has thrown off one or more men from the board.
    • hit To represent or describe by characteristic strokes or touches.
    • hit To come in forcible contact; strike; clash.
    • hit To reach an intended point or object; effect an aim or purpose; succeed as by a stroke of skill or luck.
    • hit To agree; suit; fit.
    • hit To act in harmony; be of one mind.
    • n hit A stroke; a blow; the collision or impact of one body against another.
    • n hit In fencing, a stroke or touch with the sword or foil.
    • n hit A stroke of good luck; a casual or surprising success; a favorable effect or outcome: as, the play made a hit.
    • n hit A striking expression or turn of thought; a saying that goes to the point: as, a happy hit in a speech.
    • n hit A stroke of satire or sarcasm; a touch of censure.
    • n hit In backgammon: A move made by a player which puts one of his opponent's men for a time out of play and compels him to return to the original starting-place, A game won by a player after his opponent has thrown off one or more men from the board, as distinguished from a gammon and a backgammon.
    • n hit A good crop.
    • hit The original form of the neuter pronoun it. It is still found in dialectal use, but some-times (as in negro speech) it is rather an accidental reversion to than a survival of the original aspirated form. See he and it. Chaucer.
    • hit A (Middle English) contracted form of hideth, third person singular present indicative of hide, verb
    • n hit In archery:
    • n hit The act of hitting the target.
    • n hit An arrow which hits the target. Usually a hit is scored according to its nearness to the center.
    • n hit In base-ball, a safe hit (see below); also, though not usually, any kind of stroke wherein the bat hits the ball.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The only father and son to hit back-to-back home runs in a major league baseball game: Ken Griffey, Jr., and his father, Ken Griffey, Sr., both of the Seattle Mariners in a game against the California Angels on September 14th, 1990.
    • v.t Hit hit to touch or strike: to reach: to suit: fit: conform to
    • v.i Hit to come in contact: to chance luckily: to succeed:—pr.p. hit′ting; pa.t. and pa.p. hit
    • n Hit a lucky chance, a surprising success: a stroke: a happy turn of thought or expression: at backgammon, a move that throws one of the opponent's men back to the entering point, a game won after one or two men are removed from the board
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  • John F. Kennedy
    “You never know what's hit you. A gunshot is the perfect way.”
  • W. Somerset Maugham
    “Sometimes a man hits upon a place to which he mysteriously feels that he belongs.”
  • Yogi Berra
    “You can't think and hit the ball at the same time.”
  • Pete Rose
    Pete Rose
    “See the ball; hit the ball.”
  • Casey Stengel
    Casey Stengel
    “Managing is getting paid for home runs someone else hits.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “We aim above the mark to hit the mark.”


Fat hits the fire - When the fat hits the fire, trouble breaks out.
Hit a nerve - If something hits a nerve, it upsets someone or causes them pain, often when it is something they are trying to hide.
Hit and miss - Something that is hit and miss is unpredictable and may produce results or may fail.
Hit home - If something hits home, it is understood completely and has a strong effect as people accept it even though it is negative.
Hit me with your best shot - If someone tells you to hit them with your best shot, they are telling you that no matter what you do it won't hurt them or make a difference to them.
Hit rock bottom - When someone hits rock bottom, they reach a point in life where things could not get any worse.
Hit rough weather - If you hit rough weather, you experience difficulties or problems.
Hit the airwaves - If someone hits the airwaves, they go on radio and TV to promote something or to tell their side of a story.
Hit the books - If you hit the books, you study or read hard.
Hit the bull's-eye - If someone hits the bull's-eye, they are exactly right about something or achieve the best result possible. "Bulls-eye" and "bullseye" are alternative spellings.
Hit the ceiling - If someone hits the ceiling, they lose their temper and become very angry.
Hit the Dirt - To duck out of the way or fall to the ground to avoid something dangerous.
Hit the fan - When it hits the fan, or, more rudely, the shit hits the fan, serious trouble starts.
Hit the ground running - If someone hits the ground running, they start a new job or position in a very dynamic manner.
Hit the hay - When you hit the hay, you go to bed.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. hitten, hutten, of Scand. origin; cf. Dan. hitte, to hit, find, Sw. & Icel. hitta,


In literature:

But ef I owed hit hit's been paid out.
"Judith of the Cumberlands" by Alice MacGowan
He'll hit Sanders, sure as fate!
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
Percentage of hits.= By the percentage of hits is meant the proportion of all the bullets fired that hit the targets.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Let's hit the hay, boys!
"The Boy Ranchers on Roaring River" by Willard F. Baker
With one powerful leap he reached the frenzied shouter, his fist shot out, and the man went down as though hit with an axe.
"Baseball Joe Around the World" by Lester Chadwick
And he figger it hit yust fer it hit Grass River, nort fork.
"Winning the Wilderness" by Margaret Hill McCarter
He hit three players during the course of the game, and hit them hard.
"Baseball Joe in the Big League" by Lester Chadwick
The two men, neither hit so far, turned and raised their own weapons.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks" by H. Irving Hancock
Well, I did wonder they never hit nobody, sir, but I didn't expect they'd hit me.
"Fix Bay'nets" by George Manville Fenn
He's completely run down and that's the kind pneumonia hits hard.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton

In poetry:

O hit it Moses
Sing at thing
But Mose's mind
Goes wandering; —
"Mose" by Sterling A Brown
White man said to Ajax
"What'll you do to me?"
Ajax said to white man,
"Hit me and you'll see!"
"Ajax Votes for McKinley" by Frank Barbour Coffin
"Nay, be my trouthe," seid Robyn Hode,
"So shalle hit neuer be;
I make the maister," seid Robyn Hode,
"Off alle my men and me."
"Robin Hood And The Monk" by Andrew Lang
I'm not pretty, not a bit—
Thin and sallow-pale;
When I trudge along the street
I don't need a veil:
Yet I have one fancy hit.
"A Ring Posy" by Christina Georgina Rossetti
One night I saw two navvies fighting
They must have been six foot three
I saw one get hit with a pick-axe
Did I interfere - not me.
"The Sergeant's Overcoat (Or The Policeman That Nearly Got Caught)" by Billy Bennett
"Nay, be my trouthe," seid Litulle Johne,
"So shall hit neuer be,
But lat me be a felow," seid Litulle Johne,
"Non odur kepe I'll be."
"Robin Hood And The Monk" by Andrew Lang

In news:

A man who hit three young people with his pickup truck on his way from a bar and headed on a beer run has been sentenced to more than three years after pleading guilty to hit-and-run charges.
The country singer is set to hit the stage in the hit musical, Chicago, in NYC from Monday, Nov 5 through Sunday, Dec 23.
Enlarge Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesAdrian Cardenas' pinch-hit single was the Cubs' only hit Tuesday night.
'I put myself in a position where I had to hit a great tee shot off the last (hole) and I didn't hit a great one'.
That's standard operating practice these days — hit supporters up for cash right as their hitting political (emotional) climax right after a big event like a debate.
Sir Elton's Greatest Hits tour hits Spokane this weekend, but he won't be playing my favorite tunes.
Derek Jeter collected 2 hits tonight against the Orioles to pass Lou Gehrig and become the Yankee's all-time hits leader ESPN has spent the better part of the last week talking about the oncoming feat and celebrating Jeter's greatness.
The Oklahoma native - whose first hit, "Austin," stayed atop the charts for five weeks - realized he's no expert at picking hit songs.
I was hit by a paintball three times during the course of the game and hit dozens of my targets.
He was hit in the head and the leg with paintballs and saw one of his friends hit in the forehead.
A woman may face hit and run charges after officers say she hit a sheriff deputy's patrol car .
At the age of 63, most rock musicians are expected to be retired, dead or continuing to desperately hit every state fair possible to bleed pennies out of those two hits from 1966.
Before Hurricane Sandy hit Hurricane Taffy hit.
The Royals have promoted minor league hitting coordinator Jack Maloof to major league hitting coach and Andre David to assistant hitting coach.
When he's not trying to shut down production on his soon to be ex-wife hit reality show "Basketball Wives", Shaquille O'Neal was seen having a good time, hitting on women and dancing it up at the club.

In science:

The number of hits to o before hitting z is therefore a geometric random variable with success probability 1/(woroz ), so its expected value is R1 = roz wo , just what we needed.
Fast graphs for the random walker
Vm− ,m+ ,ω (z ) := P z ω ({Xn} hits −m− before hitting m+ ) .
Aging properties of Sinai's model of random walk in random environment
The second algorithm was applied next to the remaining hit pixels for background hit rejection.
Experimental study of a proximity focusing Cherenkov counter prototype for the AMS experiment
The raw hit multiplicity µ of an event is separated into two parts so that µ = s + n, where s is the number of hits assigned by the cluster algorithm while n is the sum of the rejected hits.
Experimental study of a proximity focusing Cherenkov counter prototype for the AMS experiment
When δθ1 is too small, a fraction of good hits is rejected and ǫ decreases, while for δθc too large, ǫ is maximized but the likelihood is poor since noise hits have not been efficiently rejected.
Experimental study of a proximity focusing Cherenkov counter prototype for the AMS experiment