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Inflections of 'shot' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.):
nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors." (Collective plural for ammunition only—e.g. "The general ensured the troops had plenty of shot.")
nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors." (All other usages)
From the verb shoot: (⇒ conjugate)
shot is: Click the infinitive to see all available inflections
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
Inflections of 'shot' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
v 3rd person singular
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
shot1 /ʃɑt/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. the discharge of a firearm:[countable]shots rang out from the street.
  2. an act or instance of shooting a gun, bow, etc.:[countable]He took a shot at me with the rifle and missed.
  3. small balls of lead loaded in a casing and used in a shotgun:[uncountable]a charge of shot.
  4. one who shoots;
    marksman:[countable]a good shot.
  5. anything like a shot, esp. in being sudden and forceful:[countable]a sudden shot to the jaw.
  6. Sport[countable] a heavy metal ball used in shot-putting contests.
  7. Sport an aimed stroke, throw, etc., as in certain games, esp. in an attempt to score:[countable]The center's shot went into the net.
  8. an attempt or try:[countable]Let me take a shot at the question.
  9. a remark aimed at some person or thing:[countable]tried a few shots at his opponent about his marital life.
  10. Drugs an injection, as of a serum:[countable]to get tetanus shots.
  11. [countable] a small quantity, esp. an ounce, of undiluted liquor.
  12. [countable]
    • Photographya photograph, esp. a snapshot:Look at the shots of her kids.
  13. Show Business[countable][Motion Pictures, Television.]a unit of action photographed without stopping and usually from a single camera view.
  14. a chance with odds for and against;
    a bet:[countable]It was a 20 to 1 shot that the horse would win.
  1. Idiomshave or take a shot at, [have/take + a + ~ + at + object] to make an attempt at:Do you think he really has a shot at this job?
  2. Idiomslike a shot, [uncountable] instantly;
  3. Idiomsshot in the arm, [uncountable] something that provides renewed vigor, etc.
  4. Idiomsshot in the dark, [uncountable] a wild guess.

shot2 /ʃɑt/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. pt. and pp. of shoot.

  1. Textiles presenting a play or pattern of colors;
    mixed or streaked:[often: after a noun]the dawn sky shot with gold.
  2. in hopelessly bad condition;
    ruined:The engine was shot.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
shot1  (shot),USA pronunciation n., pl.  shots  or, for 6, 8, shot;
 v.,  shot•ted, shot•ting. 

  1. a discharge of a firearm, bow, etc.
  2. the range of or the distance traveled by a missile in its flight.
  3. an aimed discharge of a missile.
  4. an attempt to hit a target with a missile.
  5. an act or instance of shooting a firearm, bow, etc.
  6. a small ball or pellet of lead, a number of which are loaded in a cartridge and used for one charge of a shotgun.
  7. such pellets collectively:a charge of shot.
  8. a projectile for discharge from a firearm or cannon.
  9. such projectiles collectively:shot and shell.
  10. a person who shoots;
    marksman:He was a good shot.
  11. Slang Termsa blow;
    punch:The prizefighter was knocked out by a shot in the chin.
  12. anything like a shot, esp. in being sudden and forceful.
  13. Sporta heavy metal ball that competitors cast as far as possible in shot-putting contests.
  14. an aimed stroke, throw, or the like, as in certain games, esp. in an attempt to score.
  15. an attempt or try:He's entitled to a shot at the championship.
  16. a remark aimed at some person or thing.
  17. a guess at something.
  18. Drugsa hypodermic injection, as of a serum, vaccine, narcotic, or anaesthetic:He took a series of immunizing shots for hay fever.
  19. a small quantity, esp. an ounce, of undiluted liquor.
  20. an amount due, esp. at a tavern.
  21. [Photog.]
    • Photographya photograph, esp. a snapshot:Here's a nice shot of my kids.
    • Photographythe act of making a photograph, esp. a snapshot.
  22. Show Business[Motion Pictures, Television.]a unit of action photographed without interruption and constituting a single camera view.
  23. Miningan explosive charge in place for detonation, as in mining or quarrying.
  24. Metallurgycomparatively hard globules of metal in the body of a casting.
  25. Nautical, Naval Termsa 90-foot (27-m) length of anchor cable or chain.
  26. Chessa compulsory series of exchanges, especially when it proves favorable to the aggressor.
  27. Textiles
    • a pick sent through the shed in a single throw of the shuttle.
    • (in carpet weaving) filling yarn used to bind the pile to the fabric, usually expressed with a preceding number representing the quantity of picks used:three-shot carpet.
    • a defect in a fabric caused by an unusual color or size in the yarn.
  28. a chance with odds for and against;
    a bet:a 20 to 1 shot that his horse will come in first.
  29. by a long shot. See  long shot (def. 4).
  30. Informal Termscall one's shots, to indicate beforehand what one intends to do and how one intends to do it.
  31. Informal Termscall the shots, to have the power or authority to make decisions or control policy:Now that he's chairman of the board, he calls the shots.
  32. have or  take a shot at, make an attempt at:I'll have a shot at solving the problem.
  33. like a shot, instantly;
    quickly:He bolted out of here like a shot.
  34. Informal Termsshot in the arm, something that results in renewed vigor, confidence, etc.;
    stimulus:Her recent promotion has given her a shot in the arm. The new members gave the club a shot in the arm.
  35. Informal Termsshot in the dark, a wild guess;
    a random conjecture.

  1. to load or supply with shot.
  2. to weight with shot.

  1. to manufacture shot, as in a shot tower.
shotless, adj. 
shotlike′, adj. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English; Old English sc(e)ot, (ge)sceot; cognate with German Schoss, Geschoss; akin to shoot
    • 15.See corresponding entry in Unabridged chance, go, essay.

shot2  (shot),USA pronunciation v. 
  1. pt. and pp. of  shoot. 

  1. Textileswoven so as to present a play of colors;
    having a changeable color;
    variegated, as silk.
  2. spread or streaked with color:the dawn sky shot with gold.
  3. in hopelessly bad condition;
    ruined:Those sneakers are really shot. His morale is shot.
  4. Slang Termsintoxicated.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
shot /ʃɒt/ n
  1. the act or an instance of discharging a projectile
  2. ( pl shot) a solid missile, such as an iron ball or a lead pellet, discharged from a firearm
  3. small round pellets of lead collectively, as used in cartridges
  4. metal in the form of coarse powder or small pellets
  5. the distance that a discharged projectile travels or is capable of travelling
  6. a person who shoots, esp with regard to his ability: he is a good shot
  7. informal an attempt; effort
  8. informal a guess or conjecture
  9. any act of throwing or hitting something, as in certain sports
  10. the launching of a rocket, missile, etc, esp to a specified destination: a moon shot
  11. a single photograph
  12. a length of film taken by a single camera without breaks, used with others to build up a full motion picture or television film
  13. informal an injection, as of a vaccine or narcotic drug
  14. informal a glass of alcoholic drink, esp spirits
  15. a heavy metal ball used in the shot put
  16. call the shotsslang to have control over an organization, course of action, etc
  17. have a shot atinformal to attempt
  18. like a shotvery quickly, esp willingly
  19. shot in the arminformal anything that regenerates, increases confidence or efficiency, etc
  20. shot in the darka wild guess
Etymology: Old English scot; related to Old Norse skot, Old High German scoz missile; see shoot
shot /ʃɒt/ vb
  1. the past tense and past participle of shoot
  1. (of textiles) woven to give a changing colour effect: shot silk
  2. streaked with colour
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
shoot1 /ʃut/USA pronunciation   v.,  shot/ʃɑt/USA pronunciation  shoot•ing, n. 
  1. to hit with a bullet, shell, or other missile fired from a weapon:[+ object]The bank robbers shot five police officers.
  2. to send forth or discharge (a bullet, etc.) from a weapon: [no object]Stop or I'll shoot![+ object]He shot an arrow into the air.
    • to discharge (a weapon): [+ object]She shot her pistol.[no object]He aimed at the target and shot.
    • [no object] (of a weapon) to be fired;
      go off:The gun wouldn't shoot.
  3. to send forth (questions, ideas, etc.) rapidly:[+ object]The reporters shot questions at the general.
  4. to fling;
    propel:[+ object]The volcano shot lava into the air.
  5. to direct suddenly or swiftly: [+ object + at + object]He shot a smile at his wife.[+ object + object]She shot me a warning glance.
  6. to (cause to) move suddenly;
    hurtle: [no object]The car shot down the road.[+ object]The needles were shooting pain down his arms.
  7. to pass rapidly through, down, etc.:[+ object]He shot the rapids in the kayak.
    • [+ object] to send off (a ray or rays) suddenly, briefly, or on and off:The sun shot rays of light through the clouds.
    • [no object] (of a ray or rays of light) to be sent forth suddenly or briefly:The sun's rays shot through the sky.
  8. to change the appearance of by threads, streaks, etc., of another color:[+ object;  usually: be + shot + through]The clothing is shot through with gold threads.
  9. Building to slide (a bolt) into or out of its fastening:[+ object]The thief shot the bolt from the door.
  10. Photography to take a picture of;
    photograph:[+ object]shooting one picture after another.
  11. Show Businessto film or begin to film (a scene or movie): [+ object]The crew shot the last scene.[no object]When we finish shooting we can all go home.
  12. Sport
    • to send or propel (a ball, etc.) toward a goal or in a particular way: [+ object]He shot the puck into the net for the winning goal.[no object]The captain shoots...he scores!
  13. shoot down: 
    • to cause to fall by hitting with a shot: [+ down + object]to shoot down airplanes.[+ object + down]to shoot them down.
    • to show to be false or not good enough: [+ down + object]They shot down all his suggestions.[+ object + down]These facts will shoot his theory down.
  14. shoot for or  at, [+ for/at + object] to try to obtain or accomplish:If we shoot for the best, we may get it.
  15. shoot out, to (cause to) extend or project: [+ out + object]He shot out his arm.[no object]The narrow stretch of land shoots out into the sea.
  16. shoot up: 
    • to grow suddenly: [no object]Prices have shot up since last year.[+ up + object]You've shot up several inches since I last saw you.
    • to wound or damage by shooting, esp. recklessly: [+ up + object]to shoot up several parked cars.[+ object + up]to shoot them up.
    • [no object][Slang.]to inject a narcotic drug into one's body.

n. [countable]
  1. British Termsa shooting trip or contest.
  2. Botany
    • the new growth from a plant.
  1. Idiomsshoot from the hip, [Informal.]to act or speak without thought:just shooting from the hip when he criticized you.
  2. Idiomsshoot off one's mouth or face, [Slang.]
    • to talk about private things too openly, or to make foolish remarks.
    • to exaggerate;
  3. Idiomsshoot one's wad or bolt, [Informal.]
    • to spend or risk all one's money:He shot his wad at the racetrack.
    • to spend and use up all one's resources:The team shot its bolt in the last five minutes.
  4. Idiomsshoot the breeze or bull, [Informal.]to talk pleasantly or easily about things that are not serious or urgent;
    chat sociably:We sat around shooting the breeze all afternoon.

shoot•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
shoot1  (sho̅o̅t),USA pronunciation v.,  shot, shoot•ing, n. 
  1. to hit, wound, damage, kill, or destroy with a missile discharged from a weapon.
  2. to execute or put to death with a bullet:to be shot at sunrise.
  3. to send forth or discharge (a missile) from a weapon:to shoot a bullet.
  4. to discharge (a weapon):to shoot a gun.
  5. to send forth (words, ideas, etc.) rapidly:to shoot questions at someone.
  6. to fling;
    propel:The volcano shot lava high into the air.
  7. to direct suddenly or swiftly:Shoot the spotlight on the doorway. He shot a smile at his wife.
  8. to move suddenly;
    send swiftly along.
  9. to go over (country) in hunting game.
  10. to pass rapidly through, over, down, etc.:to shoot rapids.
  11. to emit (a ray or rays, as of light) suddenly, briefly, or intermittently.
  12. to variegate by threads, streaks, etc., of another color.
  13. to cause to extend or project:He shot out his arm and grabbed the ball.
  14. to discharge or empty, as down a chute:Do not shoot rubbish here!
  15. Sport
    • to throw, kick, or otherwise propel (a ball, puck, etc.), as at a goal or teammate.
    • to score (a goal, points, etc.) by propelling the ball, puck, etc.
  16. Gamesto propel (a marble) from the crook or first knuckle of the forefinger by flicking with the thumb.
  17. Games(in dice games)
    • to throw (the dice or a specific number).
    • to wager or offer to bet (a sum of money):I'll shoot ten bucks.
  18. Photographyto photograph or film.
  19. Botanyto put forth (buds, branches, etc.), as a plant.
  20. Buildingto slide (a bolt or the like) into or out of its fastening.
  21. to pull (one's cuffs) abruptly toward one's hands.
  22. Sport[Golf.]to make a final score of (so many strokes):He shot a 73 on the first 18 holes of the tournament.
  23. Surveyingto take the altitude of (a heavenly body):to shoot the sun.
  24. to detonate;
    cause to explode, as a charge of explosives.
  25. Aeronauticsto practice (a maneuver) by repetition:to shoot landings.
  26. Drugs[Slang.]to inject (an addictive drug) intravenously.

  1. to send forth missiles from a bow, firearm, or the like.
  2. to be discharged, as a firearm.
  3. to hunt with a gun for sport:He fishes, but he doesn't shoot.
  4. to move or pass suddenly or swiftly;
    spurt:The car shot ahead and was soon out of sight.
  5. [Naut.]to acquire momentum and coast into the wind, as a sailboat in a confined area.
  6. Botanyto grow forth from the ground, as a stem.
  7. Botanyto put forth buds or shoots, as a plant;
  8. Photographyto photograph.
  9. Show Business[Motion Pictures.]to film or begin to film a scene or movie.
  10. to extend;
    jut:a cape shooting out into the sea.
  11. Sport
    • to propel a ball, puck, etc., at a goal, basket, pocket, etc., or in a specific direction:He shot for the green with a five iron.
    • to propel a ball in a specific way:The center shoots left-handed.
  12. to be felt by or flow through or permeate the body:Pain shot through his injured arm. Chills shot up and down her spine.
  13. to carry by force of discharge or momentum:The missile left its pad and shot thousands of miles into space.
  14. Informal Termsto begin, esp. to begin to talk:I want to hear your complaint, so shoot!
  15. shoot down: 
    • to cause to fall by hitting with a shot:They shot down several ducks.
    • [Informal.]to disparage, reject, or expose as false or inadequate;
      debunk:to shoot down a popular theory.
  16. shoot for or  at, to attempt to obtain or accomplish;
    strive toward:He is shooting for a higher production level.
  17. shoot from the hip, to act or speak without due consideration or deliberation.
  18. Slang Termsshoot off one's mouth or  face: 
    • to talk indiscreetly, esp. to reveal confidences, make thoughtless remarks, etc.
    • to exaggerate:He likes to shoot off his mouth about what a great guy he is.
  19. shoot one's bolt. See  bolt 1 (def. 16).
  20. shoot one's wad. See  wad 1 (def. 7).
  21. shoot the breeze. See  breeze 1 (def. 5).
  22. shoot the bull. See  bull 3 (def. 2).
  23. shoot the works. See  work (def. 18).
  24. shoot up: 
    • to grow rapidly or suddenly.
    • [Informal.]to damage or harass by reckless shooting:cowboys shooting up the town.
    • to wound by shooting:He shot up the lion, but his guide killed it.
    • [Slang.]to inject an addictive drug intravenously.

  1. the act of shooting with a bow, firearm, etc.
  2. British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]a hunting trip or expedition.
  3. a match or contest at shooting.
  4. Botanya growing or sprouting, as of a plant.
  5. Botanya new or young growth that shoots off from some portion of a plant.
  6. Botanythe amount of such growth.
  7. Botanya young branch, stem, twig, or the like.
  8. Botanya sprout that is not three feet high.
  9. a chute.
  10. Rocketrythe launching of a missile.
  11. Show Business, Informal Terms, Photography[Informal.]a photographic assignment or session, as for a feature film or a television commercial:The actress is away on a shoot.
  12. Sport[Rowing.]the interval between strokes.
  13. [Mining.]
    • Mininga small tunnel branching off from a larger tunnel.
    • Mininga narrow vein of ore.
  • bef. 900; Middle English shoten (verb, verbal), Old English scēotan; cognate with Dutch schieten, German schiessen, Old Norse skjōta; akin to shot1
    • 3, 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged project, impel, hurl, cast, throw.
    • 17.See corresponding entry in Unabridged a. roll.
    • 30.See corresponding entry in Unabridged spring, start, dash, bolt, rush, fly.
    • 36.See corresponding entry in Unabridged project, protrude.

shoot2  (sho̅o̅t),USA pronunciation interj. 
  1. (used to express irritation or astonishment).
[1875–80, Amer.;
alter. of shit, conformed to shoot1]

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
shoot /ʃuːt/ vb (shoots, shooting, shot)
  1. (transitive) to hit, wound, damage, or kill with a missile discharged from a weapon
  2. to discharge (a missile or missiles) from a weapon
  3. to fire (a weapon) or (of a weapon) to be fired
  4. to send out or be sent out as if from a weapon: he shot questions at her
  5. (intransitive) to move very rapidly; dart
  6. (transitive) to slide or push into or out of a fastening: to shoot a bolt
  7. to emit (a ray of light) or (of a ray of light) to be emitted
  8. (transitive) to go or pass quickly over or through: to shoot rapids
  9. (intransitive) to hunt game with a gun for sport
  10. (transitive) to pass over (an area) in hunting game
  11. (intransitive) (of a plant) to produce (buds, branches, etc)
  12. to photograph or record (a sequence, subject, etc)
  13. (tr; usually passive) to variegate or streak, as with colour
  14. to hit or propel (the ball, etc) towards the goal
  15. (transitive) chiefly US Canadian to score (points, strokes, etc): he shot 72 on the first round
  16. (transitive) to measure the altitude of (a celestial body)
  17. (often followed by up) slang to inject (someone, esp oneself) with (a drug, esp heroin)
  18. shoot oneself in the footinformal to damage one's own cause inadvertently
  1. the act of shooting
  2. the action or motion of something that is shot
  3. the first aerial part of a plant to develop from a germinating seed
  4. any new growth of a plant, such as a bud, young branch, etc
  5. chiefly Brit a meeting or party organized for hunting game with guns
  6. an area or series of coverts and woods where game can be hunted with guns
  7. a steep descent in a stream; rapid
  8. informal a photographic assignment
  9. the whole shootslang everything
  1. US Canadian an exclamation expressing disbelief, scepticism, disgust, disappointment, etc

See also shoot down, shoot throughEtymology: Old English sceōtan; related to Old Norse skjōta, Old High German skiozan to shoot, Old Slavonic iskydati to throw out
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