Etymology: Middle English, from Old English sceot, scot; akin to Old High German scuz, Old Norse skot shot, Old English scēotan to shoot — more at shoot
Date: before 12th century
a. an action of shooting
b. a directed propelling of a missile; specifically a directed discharge of a firearm
(1) a stroke or throw in an attempt to score points in a game (as tennis, pool, or basketball); also home run
(2) ability to shoot <has the best shot on the team> d. blast 5a e. a medical or narcotics injection 2. a. plural shot something propelled by shooting; especially small lead or steel pellets especially forming a charge for a shotgun b. a metal sphere of iron or brass that is heaved in the shot put 3. a. the distance that a missile is or can be thrown b. range, reach 4. a charge to be paid ; scot 5. one that shoots; especially marksman 6. a. attempt, try <give it a shot> b. guess, conjecture c. chance 4a <a shot at winning the prize> d. a single appearance as an entertainer <did a guest shot for the program> 7. an effective remark; especially swipe 2 <a parting shot> 8. a. a single photographic exposure; especially snapshot b. a single sequence of a motion picture or a television program shot by one camera without interruption 9. a charge of explosives 10. a. a small measure or serving (as one ounce) of undiluted liquor or other beverage <vodka shots> <a shot of espresso> b. a small amount applied at one time ; dose <a shot of fertilizer> <a shot of humor> 11. shot plural sprinkles, jimmies II. past and past participle of shoot III. adjective Date: 1763 1. a. of a fabric having contrasting and changeable color effects ; iridescent b. suffused or streaked with a color <hair shot with gray> c. infused or permeated with a quality or element <shot through with wit> 2. having the form of pellets resembling shot 3. reduced to a ruined or useless state <his nerves are shot>
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.