shot [1] NOUN 1) the firing of a gun or cannon. 2) a person with a specified level of ability in shooting: he was an excellent shot. 3) a hit, stroke, or kick of the ball in sports, in particular an attempt to score. 4) informal an attempt to do something. 5) (pl. same) a ball of stone or metal fired from a large gun or cannon. 6) (also lead shot) tiny lead pellets used in a single charge or cartridge in a shotgun. 7) a heavy ball thrown by a shot-putter. 8) a photograph. 9) a film sequence photographed continuously by one camera. 10) the launch of a rocket: a moon shot. 11) informal a small drink of spirits. 12) informal an injection of a drug or vaccine.
give it one's best shot — Cf. give it one's best shot
like a shot — Cf. ↑like a shot
a shot in the arm — Cf. ↑a shot in the arm
ORIGIN Old English, from the base of SHOOT(Cf. ↑shoot).
shot [2] past and past participle of SHOOT(Cf. ↑shoot). ADJECTIVE 1) (of coloured cloth) woven with different colours, giving a contrasting effect when looked at from different angles. 2) informal ruined or worn out. 3) US & Austral./NZ informal drunk.
get (or be) shot of — Cf. ↑get shot of
shot through with — Cf. ↑shot through with

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  • shot pt, pp — shot n …   English expressions

  • Shot — Shot, n.; pl. {Shot}or {Shots}. [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. [root]159. See {Shoot}, and cf. {Shot} a share.] 1. The… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shot — shot1 [shät] n. [ME < OE sceot < sceotan (akin to ON skot, Ger schuss): see SHOOT] 1. the act of shooting; discharge of a missile, esp. from a gun 2. a) the distance over which a missile travels b) range; reach; scope 3 …   English World dictionary

  • shot — (n.) O.E. scot, sceot an act of shooting, that which is discharged in shooting, from P.Gmc. *skutan (Cf. O.N. skutr, O.Fris. skete, M.Du. scote, Ger. Schuß a shot ), related to sceotan to shoot (see SHOOT (Cf. shoot)). Meaning …   Etymology dictionary

  • Shot — Shot, n. [AS. scot, sceot, fr. sce[ o]tan to shoot; akin to D. sschot, Icel. skot. [root]159. See {Scot} a share, {Shoot}, v. t., and cf. {Shot} a shooting.] A share or proportion; a reckoning; a scot. [1913 Webster] Here no shots are where all… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shot — «Shot» Canción de The Rasmus álbum Hide from the Sun Publicación 30 de marzo de 2006 …   Wikipedia Español

  • shot of — Brit informal : no longer having someone or something that you do not want I m ready to get/be shot of [=rid of] this job. The band wants to be shot of its manager. • • • Main Entry: ↑shot …   Useful english dictionary

  • Shot — Shot, a. 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. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Shot — Shot, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Shotted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Shotting}.] To load with shot, as a gun. Totten. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • shot — sb., tet, s el. shot, sene el. tene (lille glas spiritus), i sms. shot , fx shotglas …   Dansk ordbog

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