shot


shot
   1. a traditional unit of liquid volume. The term "shot" is often used informally to mean "a small serving." In the U.S. a shot is legally equal to one fluid ounce or 29.574 milliliters. However, many bartenders use larger shot glasses holding 1.25 fluid ounces (37.0 milliliters), and some shot glasses hold the same as a jigger: 1.5 fluid ounces or 44.4 milliliters.
   2. another name for a shackle as unit of length for anchor chains. In this use, common in the U.S., a shot equals 15 fathoms, 90 feet or 27.432 meters. The origin of this name for a length of chain is not certain. It may be a corruption of "shut," since anchor chains are formed by shutting clasps or shackles to join shorter lengths of chain.

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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 — 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 — Ⅰ. 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… …   English terms dictionary

  • 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


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