- Target Tar"get, n. [OF. targette, dim. of OF. & F. targe, of
Teutonic origin; cf. AS. targe, OD. targie, G. zarge a frame,
case, border, OHG. zarga, Icel. targa shield.]
1. A kind of small shield or buckler, used as a defensive
weapon in war.
2. (a) A butt or mark to shoot at, as for practice, or to test the accuracy of a firearm, or the force of a projectile. (b) The pattern or arrangement of a series of hits made by a marksman on a butt or mark; as, he made a good target. [1913 Webster]
5. A thin cut; a slice; specif., of lamb, a piece consisting of the neck and breast joints. [Eng.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
6. A tassel or pendent; also, a shred; tatter. [Obs. Scot.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
9. Any object toward which a beam of photons, a laser beam, an electron beam, or a beam of atomic or subatomic particles is aimed. [PJC]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.