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Shot (noun)

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Shot. n.s. [schot, Dutch; from shoot.]

  1. The act of shooting.

    A shot unheard gave me a wound unseen. Sidney.

                    Proud death!
    What feast is tow'rd in thy infernal cell,
    That thou so many princes at a shot
    So bloodily hast struck?
    Shakes. Hamlet.

  2. The missive weapon emitted by any instrument.

    I shall here abide the hourly shot
    Of angry eyes.
    Shakesp. Cymbeline.

    At this booty they were joyful, for that they were supplied thereby with good store of powder and shot. Hayward.

    Above one thousand great shot were spent upon the walls, without any damage to the garrison. Clarendon.

    He caused twenty shot of his greatest cannon to be made at the king's army. Clarendon.

    Impatient to revenge the fatal shot,
    His right hand doubly to his left succeeds.
    Dryden.

  3. The flight of a shot.

    She sat over against him, a good way off, as it were a bow shot. Gen. xxi. 16.

  4. [Escot, French.] A sum charged; a reckoning.

    A man is never welcome to a place, 'till some certain shot be paid, and the hostess say welcome. Shakespeare.

    As the fund of our pleasure, let each pay his shot;
    Far hence be the sad, the lewd fop, and the sot.
    Ben. Johns.

            Shepherd, leave decoying,
    Pipes are sweet a Summer's day;
    But a little after toying,
    Women have the shot to pay.
    Dryden.

    He touch'd the pence when others touch'd the pot;
    The hand that sign'd the mortgage paid the shot.
    Swift.

Sources: Clarendon, Edward (73) · Shakespeare's Cymbeline (73) · Dryden, John (788) · The Bible - Genesis (48) · Shakespeare's Hamlet (60) · Hayward, John (42) · Jonson, Ben (70) · Sidney, Philip (140) · Swift, Jonathan (306) · Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona (41)

Attributes: Dutch (90) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Shot (noun)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: May 24, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=18748.


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