General English


  • noun an act of hitting the ball, especially when the emphasis is on scoring runs rather than on the quality of the execution; a well-timed and elegantly executed hit tends to be described as a ‘stroke’ rather than a shot (see stroke)
    Citation ‘If we played stupid shots, like you see nowadays because of one-day cricket, we wouldn’t have lasted long. We had to play top class strokes and bat long in the middle’ (Zaheer Abbas, Sportstar [Chennai] 28 May 1994)

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Media Studies

  • noun a piece of filming, measured from the moment that the camera is turned on until the moment it is turned off


  • noun an act of firing a weapon
  • noun a person who shoots
  • noun small metal balls fired from a shotgun


  • noun an attempt to score points by throwing, hitting, kicking or shooting something
  • noun in golf, tennis etc, an act of hitting the ball

Origin & History of “shot”

Shot goes back to a prehistoric Germanic *skutaz, which was derived from the same base that produced English shoot. It used to mean ‘payment’ as well as ‘act of shooting’, a sense shared by its Old Norse relative skot, which provided English with the scot of scot-free (16th c.) (etymologically ‘without having to pay’).