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Shot appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • There's horseradish sauce on this shot silk short-sleeved shirt.
    (by Jenny Forbes)
  • I shot the city sheriff.
    I shot the city sheriff.
    I shot the city sheriff.
  • Ed Nott was shot and Sam Shott was not. So it is better to be Shott than Nott. Some say Nott was not shot. But Shott says he shot Nott. Either the shot Shott shot at Nott was not shot, or Nott was shot. If the shot Shott shot shot Nott, Nott was shot. But if the shot Shott shot shot Shott, the shot was Shott, not Nott. However, the shot Shott shot shot not Shott - but Nott. So, Ed Nott was shot and that's hot! Is it not?
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Shot appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • A mad boxer shot a quick, gloved jab to the jaw of his dizzy opponent. (54 letters)
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Shot appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • Shot put ogre vented: "ABC bad: ET never got up to 'H’s".
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun shot:


Shot is sometimes a misspelling of ship, shoot, short, shut or spot.

The word shot is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun shot

What does shot mean as a name of something?

Shot is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: shots / shot (bullet)

  1. the act of firing a projectile
  2. a solid missile discharged from a firearm
    • example: the shot buzzed past his ear
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of shot: pellet
    • more generic words: missile / projectile = a weapon that is forcibly thrown or projected at a targets but is not self-propelled
    • more specific terms:
    • part of: canister / canister shot / case shot = a metallic cylinder packed with shot and used as ammunition in a firearm
  3. (sports) the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand
    • examples: a good shot requires good balance and tempo | he left me an almost impossible shot
    • domain: athletics / sport
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of shot: stroke
    • more generic words: maneuver / manoeuvre / play = a deliberate coordinated movement requiring dexterity and skill
    • more specific terms:
      • 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 shot / masse = a shot in billiards made by hitting the cue ball with the cue held nearly vertically
      • miscue = a faulty shot in billiards
      • undercut / cut = a stroke that puts reverse spin on the ball
      • swipe = a sweeping stroke or blow
      • tennis stroke / tennis shot = the act of hitting a tennis ball with a tennis racket
      • baseball swing / swing / cut = in baseball
      • golf stroke / golf shot / swing = the act of swinging a golf club at a golf ball and (usually) hitting it
    • part: follow-through = the act of carrying a stroke to its natural completion
  4. a chance to do something
    • example: he wanted a shot at the champion
    • usage: colloquialism
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of shot: crack
    • more generic words: chance / opportunity = a possibility due to a favorable combination of circumstances
  5. a person who shoots (usually with respect to their ability to shoot)
    • example: he is a crack shot
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonym of shot: shooter
    • more generic word: expert = a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully
    • more specific terms:
  6. a consecutive series of pictures that constitutes a unit of action in a film
  7. the act of putting a liquid into the body by means of a syringe
  8. a small drink of liquor
  9. an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect
    • example: his parting shot was `drop dead'
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of shot: barb / dig / gibe / jibe / shaft / slam
    • more generic words: comment / input / remark = a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information
    • more specific term: cheap shot = an unnecessarily aggressive and unfair remark directed at a defenseless person
  10. an estimate based on little or no information
  11. an informal photograph; usually made with a small hand-held camera
    • example: he tried to get unposed shots of his friends
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of shot: snap / snapshot
    • more generic words: exposure / photo / photograph / pic / picture = a representation of a person or scene in the form of a print or transparent slide or in digital format
  12. sports equipment consisting of a heavy metal ball used in the shot put
    • example: he trained at putting the shot
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic term: sports equipment = equipment needed to participate in a particular sport
  13. an explosive charge used in blasting
  14. a blow hard enough to cause injury
    • examples: he is still recovering from a shot to his leg | I caught him with a solid shot to the chin
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: blow = a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon
    • more specific term: cheap shot = an illegal and unsportsmanlike act of unnecessary violence
  15. an attempt to score in a game
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: attempt / effort / endeavor / endeavour / try = earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
    • more specific terms:
      • 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
  16. informal words for any attempt or effort
    • example: he gave it his best shot
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of shot: stab
    • more generic words: attempt / effort / endeavor / endeavour / try = earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
  17. the launching of a missile or spacecraft to a specified destination

Alternative definition of the noun shot


  1. The result of launching a projectile or bullet.
  2. [sports] The act of launching a ball or similar object toward a goal.
  3. [athletics] The heavy iron ball used for the shot put.
  4. [uncountable] Small metal balls used as ammunition.
  5. [context: referring to one's skill at firing a gun] Someone who shoots (a gun) regularly
  6. An opportunity or attempt.
  7. A remark or comment, especially one which is critical or insulting.
  8. [slang, sports, US] A punch or other physical blow.
  9. A measure of alcohol, usually spirits, as taken either from a shot-glass or directly from the bottle, equivalent to about 44 milliliters; 1.5 ounces. ("pony shot"= 30 milliliters; 1 fluid ounce)
  10. [context: prison] A spoon of coffee.
  11. A single serving of espresso.
  12. [photography, film] A single unbroken sequence of photographic film exposures, or the digital equivalent; an unedited sequence of frames.
  13. A vaccination or injection.
  14. A charge to paid, a scot or shout.

Specialised definition of the noun shot

Glossary of sports

an attempt to score points by throwing, hitting, kicking or shooting something (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

in golf, tennis, etc., an act of hitting the ball (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Glossary of sports / bowls

the point gained for having a bowl closer to the jack than your opponent's nearest bowl (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

  • example: she picked up two shots in the third end.

the position closest to the jack (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

  • example: he has shot.

Glossary of sports / soccer

an attempt on goal struck with, the foot (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

a ball kicked or headed by a player at the opponent's net in an attempt to score a goal

Glossary of sports / tennis

the act of hitting the ball with the racket

Definition of the adjective shot

What does shot mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles

Alternative definition of the adjective shot


  1. [colloquial] Worn out.
  2. (Of material, especially silk) Woven from warp and weft strands of different colours, resulting in an iridescent appearance.
  3. tired, weary

Definition of the verb shot

What does shot mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: shotted, shotting

  1. past of shoot

Other definitions of shot

What does shot also mean?


  1. [colloquial, South Africa] Thank you.


Who is Shot?

Shot a.k.a. Luka Tralić is a vocalist for the Croatian band Elemental.


SHOT a.k.a. Studenten Harmonie Orkest Twente is a musical group.


  1. Shot was Alexei's dog. He died on October 18 and was buried on the Island. Had a brother named Shot too.
  2. Shot was Alexei's dog and was his second dog, after the first Shot had died. He was the brother of the first Shot.

There are other animals with in their name, like chance-shot and Process Shot.


  1. Shot is a fictional character in the 2010 animated action thriller film Batman: Under the Red Hood.
  2. Shot is a fictional film character.

There are other characters with in their name, like Hot Shot, hot-shot, One Shot, Dead Shot, Shot Dead, Shot Girl, Space Shot, Trick shot, Shot Putter and shot-putter.


  1. "Shot" is a song by the Finnish alternative rock band The Rasmus, originally released on the band's sixth studio album Hide from the Sun on September 2, 2006. The single was released on March 30, 2006.
  2. "Shot" is an album by the band The Jesus Lizard, its first release on Capitol Records. Impressed by his work on the album Houdini by Melvins, the band hired producer GGGarth to record Shot. Of note on this album is the very different production of David Yow's vocals, which are now much clearer and higher in the mix than on previous recordings. Bassist David Wm. Sims has cited this as his favorite record by the Jesus Lizard.
    • genre: Noise rock
    • released on (18 years ago)
  3. "Shot" is a musical single of The Rasmus.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  4. "Shot" is a composition.
  5. "Shot", Illusion, New God was the last recording from Gruntruck. It was intended to be a restart of their musical career after their legal battle with Roadrunner Records.


"Shot" is a book by Jenny Siler.


"Shot" a.k.a. "The Silent House": The plot is based on a true story that happened in the late 40’s in a small village in Uruguay. Filmed in one single continuous shot of seventy eight minutes, La Casa Muda focuses on Laura, who, second by second, intends to leave a house which hides an obscure secret, unharmed.


  1. Shot: In filmmaking and video production, a shot is a series of frames, that runs for an uninterrupted period of time. Film shots are an essential aspect of a movie where angles, transitions and cuts are used to further express emotion, ideas and movement.
  2. Shot is a collective term for small balls or pellets, often made of lead. These were the original projectiles for shotguns and are still fired primarily from shotguns, although shot shells are available in many pistol calibers in a configuration called "Bird Shot" or "Rat-shot". Lead shot is also used for a variety of other purposes such as filling cavities with dense material for weight/balance. Some versions may be plated with other metals. Lead shot was originally made by pouring molten lead through screens into water, forming what was known as "swan shot", and, later, more economically mass-produced at higher quality using a shot tower. The Bliemeister method has supplanted the shot tower method since the early 1960s.
    • also known as Lead shot
  3. Shot: A shot in ice hockey is an attempt by a player to score a goal by striking or snapping the puck with their stick in the direction of the net.
  4. Shot a.k.a. short stature homeobox 2 is a gene.
    • also known as short stature homeobox homolog, SHOX homologous gene on chromosome 3

Phrases with Shot

  1. shot put
  2. bb shot
  3. Re-Shot
  4. Air-Shot
  5. big shot
  6. Cow Shot
  7. mug shot
  8. one shot
  9. One-shot
  10. Pop Shot
  11. Pot shot
  12. set shot
  13. Two shot
  14. bank shot
  15. bird shot
  16. case shot
  17. Case-Shot
  18. chip shot
  19. chop shot
  20. drop shot

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Shot

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Google previewWars of the Age of Louis XIV, 1650-1715: An Encyclopedia of Global Warfare and Civilization (2008)

An Encyclopedia of Global Warfare and Civilization by Cathal J. Nolan

shot. Shot, or ordnance for large-caliber guns, came in many forms. Normal ordnance was called ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Media and Communication (2011)

by Daniel Chandler, Rod Munday

shot See also ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Military Technology and Innovation (2004)

by Stephen Bull

Case Shot; Canister Shot less rounds and various plastic cartridges. While the latter have proved useful under certain circumstances, truly caseless rounds have proved problematic for military use due to fouling and the difficulty of producing ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Multimedia (2008)

by Borko Furht

Shot detection is the most basic temporal video segmentation task, as it is intrinsically and inextricably linked to the way that video is produced. It segments a video into more manageable parts and is very often the first step in other algorithms ...

Google previewFlip Dictionary (2002)

by Barbara Kipfer

walking free throw: foul shot goal made by thrusting ball forcefully down in basket: slam dunk interference at backboard or rim: goaltending loss of possession: turnover marked area between free-throw line and basket: key, lane man-to-man ...

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Quotes about Shot

I mean, one shot you treat like you have forty little matches instead of one forty shot match. It makes all the difference in the world. It's easier to just forget about a not so good shot. (Nancy Johnson)
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Scrabble value of S1H4O1T1

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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