Shot, n. [AS. scot, sceot,
fr. sceótan to shoot; akin to D. sschot, Icel.
skot. √159. See Scot a share, Shoot,
v. t., and cf. Shot a shooting.] A share
or proportion; a reckoning; a scot.
Here no shots are where all shares
A man is never . . . welcome to a place till some
certain shot be paid and the hostess say
Shot, n.; pl.
Shotor 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. √159. See Shoot, and cf. Shot a share.]
1. The act of shooting; discharge of a firearm or
other weapon which throws a missile.
He caused twenty shot of his greatest cannon to
be made at the king's army. Clarendon.
2. A missile weapon, particularly a ball or
bullet; specifically, whatever is discharged as a projectile from
firearms or cannon by the force of an explosive.
☞ Shot used in war is of various kinds, classified
according to the material of which it is composed, into lead,
wrought-iron, and cast-iron; according to form, into
spherical and oblong; according to structure and modes
of operation, into solid, hollow, and case. See
Bar shot, Chain shot, etc., under Bar,
3. Small globular masses of lead, of various
sizes, -- used chiefly for killing game; as, bird shot;
4. The flight of a missile, or the distance
which it is, or can be, thrown; as, the vessel was distant more than a
5. A marksman; one who practices shooting; as,
an exellent shot.
Shot belt, a belt having a pouch or
compartment for carrying shot. -- Shot
cartridge, a cartridge containing powder and small shot,
forming a charge for a shotgun. -- Shot garland
(Naut.), a wooden frame to contain shot, secured to the
coamings and ledges round the hatchways of a ship. --
Shot gauge, an instrument for measuring the
diameter of round shot. Totten. -- shot
hole, a hole made by a shot or bullet discharged. -
- Shot locker (Naut.), a strongly framed
compartment in the hold of a vessel, for containing shot. --
Shot of a cable (Naut.), the splicing of
two or more cables together, or the whole length of the cables thus
united. -- Shot prop (Naut.), a
wooden prop covered with tarred hemp, to stop a hole made by the shot
of an enemy in a ship's side. -- Shot tower,
a lofty tower for making shot, by dropping from its summit melted
lead in slender streams. The lead forms spherical drops which cool in
the descent, and are received in water or other liquid. --
Shot window, a window projecting from the wall.
Ritson, quoted by Halliwell, explains it as a window that opens and
shuts; and Wodrow describes it as a window of shutters made of timber
and a few inches of glass above them.
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.
Shot (?), imp. & p. p. of
Shot, n. 1.
(Fisheries) (a) A cast of a net.
(b) The entire throw of nets at one time.
(c) A place or spot for setting nets.
(d) A single draft or catch of fish
2. (Athletics) A spherical weight, to
be put, or thrown, in competition for distance.
3. A stroke or propulsive action in certain
games, as in billiards, hockey, curling, etc.; also, a move, as in
4. A guess; conjecture; also, an
Shot, v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Shotted; p. pr. & vb. n.
Shotting.] To load with shot, as a gun.