• "The horse shot by him."
    "The horse shot by him."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj shot varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles "changeable taffeta","chatoyant (or shot) silk","a dragonfly hovered, vibrating and iridescent"
    • n shot the launching of a missile or spacecraft to a specified destination
    • n shot the act of firing a projectile "his shooting was slow but accurate"
    • n shot (sports) the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand "it took two strokes to get out of the bunker","a good shot requires good balance and tempo","he left me an almost impossible shot"
    • n shot the act of putting a liquid into the body by means of a syringe "the nurse gave him a flu shot"
    • n shot informal words for any attempt or effort "he gave it his best shot","he took a stab at forecasting"
    • n shot an attempt to score in a game
    • n shot a blow hard enough to cause injury "he is still recovering from a shot to his leg","I caught him with a solid shot to the chin"
    • n shot a solid missile discharged from a firearm "the shot buzzed past his ear"
    • n shot an explosive charge used in blasting
    • n shot sports equipment consisting of a heavy metal ball used in the shot put "he trained at putting the shot"
    • n shot an informal photograph; usually made with a small hand-held camera "my snapshots haven't been developed yet","he tried to get unposed shots of his friends"
    • n shot an estimate based on little or no information
    • n shot a consecutive series of pictures that constitutes a unit of action in a film
    • n shot an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect "his parting shot was `drop dead'","she threw shafts of sarcasm","she takes a dig at me every chance she gets"
    • n shot a person who shoots (usually with respect to their ability to shoot) "he is a crack shot","a poor shooter"
    • n shot a small drink of liquor "he poured a shot of whiskey"
    • n shot a chance to do something "he wanted a shot at the champion"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Flu shots only work about 70% of the time
    • Shot imp. & p. p. of Shoot.
    • Shot (Fisheries) A cast of a net.
    • Shot A guess; conjecture; also, an attempt. "I'll take a shot at it."
    • Shot A marksman; one who practices shooting; as, an exellent shot .
    • Shot A missile weapon, particularly a ball or bullet; specifically, whatever is discharged as a projectile from firearms or cannon by the force of an explosive.
    • Shot (Fisheries) A place or spot for setting nets.
    • n Shot A share or proportion; a reckoning; a scot. "Here no shots are where all shares be.""A man is never . . . welcome to a place till some certain shot be paid and the hostess say “Welcome.”"
    • Shot (Fisheries) A single draft or catch of fish made.
    • Shot (Athletics) A spherical weight, to be put, or thrown, in competition for distance.
    • Shot A stroke, throw, or other action to propel a ball or other game piece in certain games, as in billiards, hockey, basketball, curling, etc.; also, a move, as in chess.
    • Shot Small globular masses of lead, of various sizes, -- used chiefly as the projectiles in shotguns for killing game; as, bird shot; buckshot.
    • Shot The act of shooting; discharge of a firearm or other weapon which throws a missile. "He caused twenty shot of his greatest cannon to be made at the king's army."
    • Shot (Fisheries) The entire throw of nets at one time.
    • Shot The flight of a missile, or the distance which it is, or can be, thrown; as, the vessel was distant more than a cannon shot .
    • v. t Shot To load with shot, as a gun.
    • a Shot Woven in such a way as to produce an effect of variegation, of changeable tints, or of being figured; as, shot silks. See Shoot v. t., 8.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: It was claimed that a Tiger shot dead by colonel Jim Corbett in 1907 had killed 436 people in India.
    • n shot A missile weapon; an arrow; a dart.
    • n shot A projectile; particularly, a ball or bullet; also, such projectiles collectively. Projectiles for large guns are seldom called by this name without some qualifying term: as, solid shot, round shot, grape-shot. The term properly denotes a missile not intended to explode, as distinguished from a shell or bomb. Projectiles of unusual character, but solid and not explosive, are usually called shot with some descriptive word: as, bar-shot, buck-shot, chain-shot.
    • n shot A small ball or pellet, of which a number are combined in one charge; also, such pellets collectively. They are made by running molten load combined with a little arsenic through a sieve, or pouring it from a ladle with a serrated edge from the top of a high tower (see shot-tower) into water at the bottom. The stream of metal breaks into drops which become spherical. To obviate the use of the high tower, various expedients have been tried, such as dropping the metal through a tube up through which a strong current of air is driven, or dropping it through a column of glycerin or oil. Such shot is assorted by sizes of the pellets, distinguished by letters (as BB. spoken double-B), or by numbers (usually Nos. 1 to 10 or 12), or by specific names (as swanshot, etc.).
    • n shot The distance passed over by a missile or projectile in its flight; range: used, in combination with the name of the weapon, or missile, as a rough measure of length.
    • n shot Hence Range in general; reach: as, within ear-shot.
    • n shot Anything emitted, cast, or thrown forth; a shoot.
    • n shot Among fishermen, the whole sweep of nets thrown out at one time; also, one cast or set of the nets; also, the number of fish caught in one haul of the nets. See shoot, v. t., 11.
    • n shot A place where fishermen let out their nets. See shoot, v. t., 11.
    • n shot The act of shooting; discharge of, or the discharge from, a bow, gun, or other missile weapon.
    • n shot One who shoots, especially with a firearm. A man armed with a musket or harquebus, as distinguished from a pikeman, bowman, or the like; also, a number of men so armed, collectively.
    • n shot A marksman, especially with reference to his skill: as, a good shot; a crack shot; a wing-shot.
    • n shot In weaving, a single thread of weft carried through the warp at one run of the shuttle.
    • n shot A defect, of the nature of a streak, in the texture of silk and other textiles, caused by the interweaving of a thread or threads differing from the others in color, quality, or size. Compare shot, participial adjective, 3.
    • n shot In mining, a blast.
    • n shot A nook; an angle; a plot of land; specifically, a square furlong of land; a group of strips or allotments, each one furlong in length, and together a furlong in width, in the open-field system. See field.
    • n shot A move or stroke in a game, as in curling or billiards.
    • n shot A stitch in one's side.
    • n shot A handful of hemp.
    • n shot Spermaceti; whale-shot.
    • n shot Same as dropping fire (which see, under drop). Also called dropping shot.
    • n shot A length of rope as it comes from the ropewalk; also, the length of a chain-cable between two shackles, generally fifteen fathoms.
    • shot To load with shot: as, to shot a gun.
    • shot Preterit and past participle of shoot.
    • shot Advanced.
    • shot Firm; stable; secure.
    • shot Having a changeable color, like that produced in weaving by all the warp-threads being of one color and all the weft of another; chatoyant. Silk is the usual material thus woven, but there are also shot alpaca and other goods.
    • shot Same as shooted.
    • n shot A reckoning, or a person's share of a reckoning; charge; share of expenses, as of a tavern-bill.
    • n shot A supply or amount of drink, perhaps paid for at a fixed rate.
    • n shot The trout, Salmo fario.
    • n shot The grayling, Thymallus vulgaris. Also shut, shutt.
    • n shot An inferior animal taken out of a drove of cattle or a flock of sheep.
    • n shot A young hog; a shote.
    • n shot A Middle English past participle of shut.
    • n shot In athletics, a metal sphere, either with or without a covering, weighing in championship contests 16 pounds and in school contests 12 pounds, which a competitor ‘puts’ as far as possible beyond a ring within which he stands.
    • n shot In lawn-bowls, the point made by the ball which lies nearest the jack at the close of the head or innings.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When a film is in production, the last shot of the day is the "martini shot," the next to last one is the "Abby Singer".
    • pa.t., pa.p Shot of shoot.
    • adj Shot shot (Spens.) advanced in years
    • n Shot a young pig
    • n Shot shot act of shooting: a marksman: a missile: flight of a missile, or the distance passed by it: small globules of lead:
    • v.t Shot to load with shot:—pr.p. shot′ting; pa.p. shot′ted
    • adj Shot shot having a changeable colour, chatoyant, as silk, alpaca, &c.
    • n Shot shot a reckoning, a share of a tavern-bill, &c
    • n Shot shot (gun.) solid projectiles generally: a small pellet, of which there are a number in one charge: range of shot, reach: one cast or set of fishing-nets: the act of shooting, one who shoots, a marksman: a plot of land, a square furlong: a stroke in billiards, &c
    • ***


  • Charles Barkley
    Charles Barkley
    “The only difference between a good shot and a bad shot is if it goes in or not.”
  • Isiah Thomas
    Isiah Thomas
    “I've always believed no matter how many shots I miss, I'm going to make the next one.”
  • Tim Allen
    Tim Allen
    “While awaiting sentencing, I decided to give stand-up comedy a shot. The judge had suggested I get my act together, and I took him seriously.”
  • Charlie Chaplin
    “Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.”
  • Gary Player
    Gary Player
    “Each shot is important.”
  • Christopher Morley
    “Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.”


As mad as a wrongly shot hog - (USA) If someone is as mad as a wrongly shot hog, they are very angry. (Same as, Angry as a bear or Angry as a bull).
Call the shots - If you call the shots, you are in charge and tell people what to do.
Cheap shot - A cheap shot is an unprincipled criticism.
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.
If you fly with the crows, you get shot with the crows - If you wish to be associated with a particular high risk and/or high profile situation and benefit from the rewards of that association, you have to accept the consequences if things go wrong - you cannot dissociate yourself.
Long shot - If something is a long shot, there is only a very small chance of success.
Shot across the bow - A shot across the bow is a warning to tell someone to stop doing something or face very serious consequences.
Shot in the arm - If something gives you a shot in the arm, it encourages you, gives you energy or improves morale.
Shot in the dark - If you have a shot in the dark at something, you try something where you have little hope of success.
Until the last dog is shot - (USA) It means until the very last possible moment or until every possibility is exausted: You boys always stay until the last dog is shotI will stay until the last dog is shot to complete this project by deadline (Expression my mom who was born in 1917 in Wisconson always used.)
Worth a shot - If something is worth a shot, it is worth trying as there is some chance of success.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. shot, schot, AS. gesceot, a missile; akin to D. schot, a shot, shoot, G. schuss, geschoss, a missile, Icel. skot, a throwing, a javelin, and E. shoot, v.t. √159. See Shoot, and cf. Shot a share


In literature:

He was tempted to take a shot at the villain, Simon Girty.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
At that time every trap-shot was also a field shot.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
He shot two of them, and then he was beaten down and badly wounded.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty
With a rifle she was a crack shot.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
I almost wish I wasn't such a good shot.
"The Kopje Garrison" by George Manville Fenn
Well, I shall give it a shot, and put the creature out of its misery.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
If you are going to take the cowardly advantage of having the the first shot, I have my advantage too.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
The remainder of the course should be made up of a variety of two-shot and three-shot holes.
"The Complete Golfer [1905]" by Harry Vardon
They fired shot for shot.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
Then they shot out of his hand and he stared at a seven.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison

In poetry:

I've shot at heaps of stars since then,
but always it's the same -
A barnyard door has mocked me when
Uranus was my aim.
"Aspiration" by Robert W Service
Once 'twas a seat of dreadful wrath,
And shot devouring flame
Our God appeared "consuming fire,"
And Vengeance was his name.
"Hymn 108" by Isaac Watts
A shot is fired—-by foe or friend?
Another—-'tis to tell
The mountain-peasants to descend,
And lead us where they dwell.
"Stanzas Composed During A Thunderstorm" by Lord George Gordon Byron
The herald blew; Heart shot a glance
To find his lady's eye,
But Brain gazed straight ahead his lance
To aim more faithfully.
"The Tournament" by Sidney Lanier
Was this the spirit who sang and shot
The soul of summer through the air,
Till all the buds grew quick with thought,
And sweet, green births were everywhere?
"Killed On The Telegraph Wire" by Alexander Anderson
And then shot through my soul
A thrill of fierce delight, to think that he
Must yield her form, his all, to Death's control,
The while her love for me
Would live, when sun and stars had ceased to roll.
"Motives" by Marietta Holley

In news:

A Toledo police sergeant who was shot in 2010 by a colleague suffering from a seizure has settled his civil lawsuit with the City of Toledo and with the former sergeant who shot him.
Was it that long ago that 'Family Guy' was dumped by Fox, and it looked like creator Seth MacFarlane had his shot, and that shot was over.
In this competition, which ever teammate's shot you elect to use, that person does not get to participate in the next shot to be taken.
For the girls, Waverly shot 923, 869 and 875 for a total of 2,667, while Edison shot 852, 783 and 765 for a 2,400.
Authorities aren't sure whether Koula was shot by his ex-wife 's boyfriend in a struggle, or if he shot himself.
'Last shot' story prompts look at facility 's first shot.
Thaddeus McCotter flub gives 2 long shots a shot.
DENVER—A police officer was shot and killed Friday by another officer after several agencies responded to a report of shots fired at a home in the Denver suburb of Lakewood, authorities said.
10– Shots of the photographer taking shots of Serena and Venus sitting on a bench.
Olivier Roy surrendered three goals on 10 shots before being replaced in goal by Yann Danis, who stopped 14-of-17 shots in relief.
A never-before-seen autopsy report reveals that the rapper was shot a total of 4 times in the drive-by shooting, with only one shot being fatal.
The Beavers shot a collective 307, 19 shots behind leader St Cloud State.
It was a running shot at about 50 yards – a heart shot way beyond my ability.
A 90-year-old California man who was shot during an alleged burglary has reportedly been sued by the admitted methamphetamine addict who allegedly shot him.
Participants will have one minute to take one shot at the new target with prizes going to the best shots.

In science:

This corresponds to having twice the shot noise, or using the terminology of ref. , two “qduties”, one being associated with the measurement stage, and the other one with the reconstruction stage.
Evaluating quantum teleportation of coherent states
We find A = 0.6 (see Section 2.4) and that the two constraints are satisfied for the model curve within an accuracy of ∼ 5% where we limit the integral to log j < 2.5, the shot-noise limit of our simulation.
The Probability Distribution Function of Light in the Universe: Results from Hydrodynamic Simulations
The smaller the current and voltage applied, the smaller the Schottky shot noise.
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions
Buttiker, Shot Noise in Mesoscopic Conductors, Phys.
Broken Symmetry and Coherence of Molecular Vibrations in Tunnel Transitions
If the galaxies are assumed to have been drawn by a Poisson point process from an underlying density field, then it is str aightforward to calculate the shot noise errors.
The Dipole Anisotropy of the 2 Micron All-Sky Redshift Survey