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Definitions of target

  1. 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"
  2. sports equipment consisting of an object set up for a marksman or archer to aim at
  3. a person who is the victim of ridicule or exploitation by some hostile person or influence; " he fell prey to muggers"; " everyone was fair game"
  4. a reference point to shoot at; " his arrow hit the mark"
  5. a person who is the aim of an attack ( especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence; " he fell prey to muggers"; " everyone was fair game"; " the target of a manhunt"
  6. A thin cut; a slice; specif., of lamb, a piece consisting of the neck and breast joints.
  7. A tassel or pendent; also, a shred; tatter.
  8. A kind of small shield or buckler, used as a defensive weapon in war.
  9. A butt or mark to shoot at, as for practice, or to test the accuracy of a firearm, or the force of a projectile.
  10. The pattern or arrangement of a series of hits made by a marksman on a butt or mark; as, he made a good target.
  11. The sliding crosspiece, or vane, on a leveling staff.
  12. A conspicuous disk attached to a switch lever to show its position, or for use as a signal.
  13. A small shield; a mark set up for shooting; an object of criticism, remark, etc.
  14. A small buckler or shield: a mark to fire at.
  15. A small round shield; mark to shoot at.
  16. A mark to be shot at.
  17. A small shield; buckler. targe.
  18. A shield or buckler of a small kind; a mark to fire at.

Usage examples for target

  1. Remember that if he isn't on his feet before I've got beyond range, I'll use your head for a target." – The Adventures of a Country Boy at a Country Fair by James Otis
  2. The Nipe's four hands cut inward from the sides like sword blades, but they found no target. – Anything You Can Do by Gordon Randall Garrett
  3. Now I calkilate you can't take Target back East with you, an' you might as well let me have him." – The Young Forester by Zane Grey
  4. You'll make a pretty little target against the light, besides. – Way of the Lawless by Max Brand
  5. The shot hit its target. – Ghost Beyond the Gate by Mildred A. Wirt
  6. The first bow I used at target weighed forty pounds. – Hunting with the Bow and Arrow by Saxton Pope
  7. Another target was now set up, at the same distance as the last, and it was decided that the ten archers should shoot three arrows in turn. – Robin Hood by J. Walker McSpadden
  8. Says one:- The first " S.- D." I was with her, she said to me one morning, 'Now, dear, I must get this all planned out and see my target on paper before I meet the corps. – The Angel Adjutant of "Twice Born Men" by Minnie L. Carpenter
  9. They wanted to be alone with their sorrow, and not a target for curious attention. – Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete The Personal And Literary Life Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens by Albert Bigelow Paine Last Updated: February 20, 2009
  10. Smith stood like a statue as he listened to Mr. Martin's hurried explanation, resigning himself to be the target of all eyes. – Round the World in Seven Days by Herbert Strang
  11. You'll get some target practice presently. – The First Hundred Thousand by Ian Hay
  12. One could see that he was entire master of the rifle, and a trick which always brought rounds of applause was the hitting of a target while standing with his back to it, simply by the aid of a mirror held at the butt of his rifle. – The Mastery of the Air by William J. Claxton
  13. What good did it do him to be proud of his brains when he put himself in a spot where he walked around like a target? – The Man Who Staked the Stars by Charles Dye
  14. In a few private military schools situated in the country some target practice is conducted, but the difficulty of carrying on anything of the kind in the public schools has rendered it impracticable. – A report on the feasibility and advisability of some policy to inaugurate a system of rifle practice throughout the public schools of the country by George W. Wingate Ammon B. Critchfield
  15. The first mark was set, a target at twenty yards with a six- inch bull's eye. – The Boy Allies at Jutland by Robert L. Drake
  16. He had found some panes of glass which had been removed from an old sash, and he placed these successively before his target, arranging them at different angles. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  17. First, target a computer and get a copy of its password file. – Underground by Suelette Dreyfus
  18. The machine possesses the additional advantage that the instructor standing on one side of the shooter can see by the movements of the point of the rod on the miniature target exactly how the aim is being taken on the large target and is able to correct all errors in holding and pulling off as they are made, something which has hitherto been supposed to be impossible. – A report on the feasibility and advisability of some policy to inaugurate a system of rifle practice throughout the public schools of the country by George W. Wingate Ammon B. Critchfield
  19. The shot went straight to the center of the target. – The Plum Tree by David Graham Phillips
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