Definitions of aim

  1. aim or direct at; as of blows, weapons, or objects such as photographic equipment; " Please don't aim at your little brother!"; " He trained his gun on the burglar"; " Don't train your camera on the women"; " Take a swipe at one's opponent"
  2. the action of directing something at an object; " he took aim and fired"
  3. the goal intended to be attained ( and which is believed to be attainable); " the sole object of her trip was to see her children"
  4. the direction or path along which something moves or along which it lies
  5. intend ( something) to move towards a certain goal; " He aimed his fists towards his opponent's face"; " criticism directed at her superior"; " direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself"
  6. have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal
  7. propose or intend; " I aim to arrive at noon"
  8. specifically design a product, event, or activity for a certain public
  9. direct ( a remark) toward an intended goal; " She wanted to aim a pun"
  10. move into a desired direction of discourse; " What are you driving at?"
  11. To point or direct a missile weapon, or a weapon which propels as missile, towards an object or spot with the intent of hitting it; as, to aim at a fox, or at a target.
  12. To guess or conjecture.
  13. To direct or point, as a weapon, at a particular object; to direct, as a missile, an act, or a proceeding, at, to, or against an object; as, to aim a musket or an arrow, the fist or a blow ( at something); to aim a satire or a reflection ( at some person or vice).
  14. The pointing of a weapon, as a gun, a dart, or an arrow, in the line of direction with the object intended to be struck; the line of fire; the direction of anything, as a spear, a blow, a discourse, a remark, towards a particular point or object, with a view to strike or affect it.
  15. The point intended to be hit, or object intended to be attained or affected.
  16. Intention; purpose; design; scheme.
  17. Conjecture; guess.
  18. To direct the indention or purpose; to attempt the accomplishment of a purpose; to try to gain; to endeavor; - followed by at, or by an infinitive; as, to aim at distinction; to aim to do well.
  19. To endeavor; to point a weapon at something.
  20. To point or direct ( a weapon) so as to hit something.
  21. A purpose; an endeavor; target; the pointing of a weapon.
  22. Aimed.
  23. Aiming.
  24. ( with at) To point at with a weapon: to direct the intention or endeavor.
  25. To point, as a weapon or firearm.
  26. The pointing of a weapon: the thing pointed at: design: intention.
  27. The pointing of a weapon; the object aimed at; purpose.
  28. To direct a weapon.
  29. To point or level at; to endeavor after.
  30. To direct toward a mark or point; point or level; have a purpose; endeavor earnestly.
  31. The act of aiming; line of direction of anything aimed; object or point aimed at; purpose.
  32. The act of aiming; the object aimed at; purpose; design.
  33. To direct or point, as a weapon.
  34. To point at with a missive weapon; to direct the intention or effort; to endeavour.
  35. To throw at an object; to direct a weapon to; to endeavour; to purpose or design.
  36. The object or point intended to be struck; purpose; intention.

Usage examples for aim

  1. With a little less angry aim you would have killed it. – A Kentucky Cardinal by James Lane Allen
  2. He took aim and fired. – The Boy Allies at Jutland by Robert L. Drake
  3. For years the whole aim of my life has been to forget, forget, forget the past. – Jimmie Moore of Bucktown by Melvin Earnest Trotter
  4. The more I considered Christianity, the more I felt that while it had established a rule and order, the chief aim of that order was to give room for good things to run wild. – Gilbert Keith Chesterton by Maisie Ward
  5. Nor is the objection well founded, that for people to aim to have rewards will destroy the motive of love. – God's Plan with Men by T. T. (Thomas Theodore) Martin
  6. I could not take aim I could not tell where the knife struck. – Helmet of Navarre by Bertha Runkle
  7. She lived as one without an aim without a single purpose except to close one day that she might begin the next. – The Hollow of Her Hand by George Barr McCutcheon
  8. I aim to sell out to you. – Laughing Bill Hyde and Other Stories by Rex Beach
  9. I have perhaps one small aim of my own- the claim of being allowed to do my duty. – The Black Robe by Wilkie Collins
  10. He took slow aim – The Ice Pilot by Henry Leverage
  11. When our aim is reached, then to Byzantium! – A Struggle for Rome, Vol. 2 (of 3) by Felix Dahn
  12. He then took aim at a third. – In the Wilds of Africa by W.H.G. Kingston
  13. But our delight is diminished if we are made conscious of the effort it has cost the artist to attain his aim – A Book About the Theater by Brander Matthews
  14. But you got me wrong; I'm plumb proud of you, and just to prove it I aim to make you carry our bank- roll in your name. – Laughing Bill Hyde and Other Stories by Rex Beach
  15. We might be allowed at some time to put our aim higher and further above us. – Thoughts Out of Season (Part II) by Friedrich Nietzsche
  16. He may think himself certain to pounce on his game, But he's still more certain to fail in his aim – The Student-Life of Germany by William Howitt
  17. I saw the one who was left, aim at me with his bow, so, to save my life, I shot him dead. – Robinson Crusoe In Words of One Syllable by Mary Godolphin
  18. That's all we aim for,- all we desire. – Patty Blossom by Carolyn Wells
  19. He felt that he had one aim in life now, and one only; that was to prove to himself and to Reivers that Reivers was not his master. – The Snow-Burner by Henry Oyen
  20. Why do you not aim at me? – The Book of Nature Myths by Florence Holbrook