The firing or discharge of a weapon, such as a gun. The distance over which something is shot; the range. An attempt to hit a target with a projectile: His shot at the bear missed by inches. An attempt to reach a target with a rocket: a moon shot. Sports An attempt to score in a game, as in soccer or hockey. Baseball A home run. Sports & Games The flight or path of a projectile in a game. Sports & Games A stroke in a game, as in golf or billiards. A pointed or critical remark. Informal An attempt; a try: took a shot at losing weight. Informal A guess. Informal An opportunity: gave him a fair shot at the part in the play. Informal A chance at odds; something to bet on: The horse was a four-to-one shot. A solid projectile designed to be discharged from a firearm or cannon. Such projectiles considered as a group. Tiny lead or steel pellets, especially ones used in a shotgun cartridge. One of these pellets. Sports The heavy metal ball that is put for distance in the shot put. One who shoots in a particular way: a good shot with the rifle and the bow. A charge of explosives used in blasting mine shafts. A detonation of an explosive charge. A photographic view or exposure: got a good shot of that last model. A developed photographic image. A single cinematic take. A hypodermic injection.