shot

Primary Meanings of shot

1.
n
the act of firing a projectile
2.
n
(sports) the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand
3.
n
an informal photograph; usually made with a small hand-held camera
4.
n
the act of putting a liquid into the body by means of a syringe
5.
n
a small drink of liquor
6.
n
an estimate based on little or no information
7.
n
sports equipment consisting of a heavy metal ball used in the shot put
8.
n
an explosive charge used in blasting
9.
adj
varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles
Full Definitions of shot
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n the act of firing a projectile

Synonyms:
shooting
Types:
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shoot
the act of shooting at targets
countershot
a return shot; a retaliatory shot
discharge, firing, firing off
the act of discharging a gun
gunfire, gunshot
the act of shooting a gun
headshot
a shot aimed at a person's head
shellfire
shooting artillery shells
potshot
a shot taken at an easy or casual target (as by a pothunter)
gun
the discharge of a firearm as signal or as a salute in military ceremonies
enfilade, enfilade fire
gunfire directed along the length rather than the breadth of a formation
snipe
a gunshot from a concealed location
skeet, skeet shooting, trapshooting
the sport of shooting at clay pigeons that are hurled upward in such a way as to simulate the flight of a bird
Type of:
actuation, propulsion
the act of propelling

n the launching of a missile or spacecraft to a specified destination

Synonyms:
blastoff
Type of:
rocket firing, rocket launching
the launching of a rocket or missile under its own power

n a solid missile discharged from a firearm

“the shot buzzed past his ear”
Synonyms:
pellet
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BB, BB shot
a small pellet fired from an air rifle or BB gun
bird shot, buckshot, duck shot
small lead shot for shotgun shells
grape, grapeshot
a cluster of small projectiles fired together from a cannon to produce a hail of shot
ball, musket ball
a solid projectile that is shot by a musket
Type of:
missile, projectile
a weapon that is forcibly thrown or projected at a targets but is not self-propelled

n an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect

“his parting shot was `drop dead'”
Synonyms:
barb, dig, gibe, jibe, shaft, slam
Types:
cheap shot
an unnecessarily aggressive and unfair remark directed at a defenseless person
Type of:
comment, input, remark
a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information

n 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”
Types:
cheap shot
an illegal and unsportsmanlike act of unnecessary violence
Type of:
blow
a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon

n a person who shoots (usually with respect to their ability to shoot)

“he is a crack shot
Synonyms:
shooter
Examples:
Annie Oakley
United States sharpshooter who was featured in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show (1860-1926)
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crack shot, marksman, sharpshooter
someone skilled in shooting
gun, gunman
a person who shoots a gun (as regards their ability)
trapshooter
a person who engages in shooting at clay pigeons that are hurled into the air by a trap
deadeye
a dead shot
franc-tireur
a sharpshooter (in the French army)
rifleman
someone skilled in the use of a rifle
sniper
a marksman who shoots at people from a concealed place
Type of:
expert
a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully
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n (sports) the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand

“a good shot requires good balance and tempo”
“he left me an almost impossible shot
Synonyms:
stroke
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break
the opening shot that scatters the balls in billiards or pool
cannon, carom
a shot in billiards in which the cue ball contacts one object ball and then the other
masse, masse shot
a shot in billiards made by hitting the cue ball with the cue held nearly vertically; the cue ball spins around another ball before hitting the object ball
miscue
a faulty shot in billiards; the cue tip slips off the cue ball
cut, undercut
(sports) a stroke that puts reverse spin on the ball
swipe
a sweeping stroke or blow
tennis shot, tennis stroke
the act of hitting a tennis ball with a tennis racket
baseball swing, cut, swing
in baseball; a batter's attempt to hit a pitched ball
golf shot, golf stroke, swing
the act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it
return
a tennis stroke that sends the ball back to the other player
serve, service
(sports) a stroke that puts the ball in play
downswing
a swing downward of a golf club
fade, slice, slicing
a golf shot that curves to the right for a right-handed golfer
draw, hook, hooking
a golf shot that curves to the left for a right-handed golfer
drive, driving
hitting a golf ball off of a tee with a driver
explosion
a golf shot from a bunker that typically moves sand as well as the golf ball
putt, putting
hitting a golf ball that is on the green using a putter
approach, approach shot
a relatively short golf shot intended to put the ball onto the putting green
sclaff
a poor golf stroke in which the club head hits the ground before hitting the ball
shank
a poor golf stroke in which the heel of the club hits the ball
teeoff
the act of hitting a golf ball from the teeing ground at the start of each hole
Type of:
maneuver, manoeuvre, play
a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill

n an attempt to score in a game

“his shot hit the rim and bounced out”
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basketball shot
throwing the basketball toward the hoop
slapshot
a fast shot made with a short powerful swing of the hockey stick
headshot
an attempt to put the soccer ball into the net by using the head
bank shot
a basketball shot that bounces off of the backboard before passing through the hoop
dunk, dunk shot, stuff shot
a basketball shot in which the basketball is propelled downward into the basket
finger-roll
a basketball shot that rolls off the tips of the fingers into the basket
charity shot, charity throw, charity toss, foul shot, free throw, penalty free throw
an unhindered basketball shot from the foul line; given to penalize the other team for committing a foul
hook, hook shot
a basketball shot made over the head with the hand that is farther from the basket
jump shot, jumper
(basketball) a player releases the basketball at the high point of a jump
lay-up, layup
a basketball shot made with one hand from a position under or beside the basket (and usually banked off the backboard)
pivot shot
a one-handed basketball shot made while whirling on the pivot foot
set shot
a two-handed basketball shot from a stationary position
scoop shot
a basketball shot made with an underhand scooping motion
tip in
a basketball shot made by tapping the rebounding ball back into the basket
Type of:
attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try
earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something

n a chance to do something

“he wanted a shot at the champion”
Synonyms:
crack
Type of:
chance, opportunity
a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances

n informal words for any attempt or effort

“he gave it his best shot
Synonyms:
stab
Type of:
attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try
earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
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n an informal photograph; usually made with a small hand-held camera

“he tried to get unposed shots of his friends”
Synonyms:
snap, snapshot
Type of:
exposure, photo, photograph, pic, picture
a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide; recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material

n a consecutive series of pictures that constitutes a unit of action in a film

Synonyms:
scene
Types:
outtake
a scene that is filmed but is not used in the final editing of the film
Type of:
exposure, photo, photograph, pic, picture
a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide; recorded by a camera on light-sensitive material
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n the act of putting a liquid into the body by means of a syringe

“the nurse gave him a flu shot
Synonyms:
injection
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intradermal injection
an injection into the skin
intramuscular injection
an injection into a muscle
intravenous injection
an injection into a vein
subcutaneous injection
an injection under the skin
fix
something craved, especially an intravenous injection of a narcotic drug
Type of:
medical aid, medical care
professional treatment for illness or injury
5

n a small drink of liquor

“he poured a shot of whiskey”
Synonyms:
nip
Type of:
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
6

n an estimate based on little or no information

Synonyms:
dead reckoning, guess, guessing, guesswork
Type of:
approximation, estimate, estimation, idea
an approximate calculation of quantity or degree or worth
7

n sports equipment consisting of a heavy metal ball used in the shot put

“he trained at putting the shot
Type of:
sports equipment
equipment needed to participate in a particular sport
8

n an explosive charge used in blasting

Type of:
burster, bursting charge, charge, explosive charge
a quantity of explosive to be set off at one time
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adj varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles

Synonyms:
changeable, chatoyant, iridescent
colorful, colourful
having striking color

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