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Etymology

Diminutive of targe.

Pronunciation

Noun

A target used for archery.

Singular
target

Plural
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  1. A butt or mark to shoot at, as for practice, or to test the accuracy of a firearm, or the force of a projectile.
    Take careful aim at the target.
  2. A goal or objective.
    They have a target to finish the project by November.
  3. (armor) A kind of small shield or buckler, used as a defensive weapon in war.
    • 1598, William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part I, Act II, Scene IV, line 200,
      These four came all afront, and mainly thrust at me. I made me no more ado but took all their seven points in my target, thus.
  4. (armor, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) A shield resembling the Roman scutum. In modern usage, a smaller variety of shield is usually implied by this term.
    • 1786, Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 22,
      The target or buckler was carried by the heavy armed foot, it answered to the scutum of the Romans; its form was sometimes that of a rectangular parallelogram, but more commonly had it's bottom rounded off; it was generally convex, being curved in it's breadth.
  5. (sports) The pattern or arrangement of a series of hits made by a marksman on a butt or mark.
    He made a good target.
  6. (surveying) The sliding crosspiece, or vane, on a leveling staff.
  7. (rail transport) A conspicuous disk attached to a switch lever to show its position, or for use as a signal.
  8. (cricket) the number of runs that the side batting last needs to score in the final innings in order to win
  9. (linguistics) The tenor of a metaphor.

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Verb

Infinitive
to target

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to target (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To aim something (especially a weapon) at a target.

Translations

Russian: направлено (napravleno)

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