shot hole
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 act of shooting; discharge of a firearm or other weapon which throws a missile. [1913 Webster]

He caused twenty shot of his greatest cannon to be made at the king's army. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Note: 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}, {Chain}, etc. [1913 Webster]

3. Small globular masses of lead, of various sizes, -- used chiefly as the projectiles in shotguns for killing game; as, bird shot; buckshot. [1913 Webster]

4. The flight of a missile, or the distance which it is, or can be, thrown; as, the vessel was distant more than a cannon shot. [1913 Webster]

5. A marksman; one who practices shooting; as, an exellent shot. [1913 Webster]

6. (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 made. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

7. (Athletics) A spherical weight, to be put, or thrown, in competition for distance. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

8. A stroke, throw, or other action to propel a ball or other game piece in certain games, as in billiards, hockey, basketball, curling, etc.; also, a move, as in chess. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

9. A guess; conjecture; also, an attempt. [Colloq.] ``I'll take a shot at it.'' [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

{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. [1913 Webster]


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