- shot1noun1》 the firing of a gun or cannon.↘a person with a specified level of ability in shooting: he was an excellent shot.↘a critical or aggressive remark.2》 a hit, stroke, or kick of the ball in sports, in particular an attempt to score.↘informal an attempt to do something.3》 (plural same) a ball of stone or metal fired from a large gun or cannon.↘(also lead shot) tiny lead pellets used in a single charge or cartridge in a shotgun.↘a heavy ball thrown by a shot-putter.4》 a photograph.↘a film sequence photographed continuously by one camera.↘the range of a camera's view: standing just out of shot.5》 informal a small drink of spirits.↘an injection of a drug or vaccine.6》 the launch of a rocket: a moon shot.Phrasesgive it one's best shot informal do the best that one can.like a shot informal without hesitation; willingly.a shot in the arm informal an encouraging stimulus.OriginOE sc(e)ot, gesc(e)ot, of Gmc origin; from the base of shoot.————————shot2past and past participle of shoot.adjective1》 (of coloured cloth) woven with a warp and weft of different colours, giving a contrasting effect when looked at from different angles.↘interspersed with a different colour.2》 informal ruined or worn out.↘US & Austral./NZ drunk.Phrasesget (or be) shot of Brit. informal get (or be) rid of.shot through with suffused with.shot to pieces (or to hell) informal ruined.————————shot3noun Brit. informal, dated a bill or one's share of it, especially in a pub.OriginME: from shot1; cf. OE scēotan 'shoot, pay, contribute' and scot.
English new terms dictionary. 2014.