Definition of Target

1. Noun. A reference point to shoot at. "His arrow hit the mark"

Exact synonyms: Mark
Generic synonyms: Point Of Reference, Reference, Reference Point
Specialized synonyms: Clout, Drogue
Terms within: Bull, Bull's Eye

2. Verb. Intend (something) to move towards a certain goal. "Direct your anger towards others, not towards yourself"
Exact synonyms: Aim, Direct, Place, Point
Specialized synonyms: Address, Home In, Range In, Zero In
Generic synonyms: Aim, Direct, Take, Take Aim, Train
Derivative terms: Aim, Place

3. Noun. A person who is the aim of an attack (especially a victim of ridicule or exploitation) by some hostile person or influence. "The target of a manhunt"
Exact synonyms: Fair Game, Prey, Quarry
Generic synonyms: Victim
Derivative terms: Prey

4. Noun. The location of the target that is to be hit.
Exact synonyms: Target Area
Specialized synonyms: Ground Zero
Generic synonyms: Place, Spot, Topographic Point

5. Noun. Sports equipment consisting of an object set up for a marksman or archer to aim at.
Exact synonyms: Butt
Specialized synonyms: Clay Pigeon
Generic synonyms: Sports Equipment

6. Noun. The goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to be attainable). "The sole object of her trip was to see her children"
Exact synonyms: Aim, Object, Objective
Generic synonyms: End, Goal
Specialized synonyms: Grail, Business, Point, Thing
Derivative terms: Aim

Definition of Target

1. n. A kind of small shield or buckler, used as a defensive weapon in war.

2. n. A thin cut; a slice; specif., of lamb, a piece consisting of the neck and breast joints.

Definition of Target

1. Noun. A butt or mark to shoot at, as for practice, or to test the accuracy of a firearm, or the force of a projectile. ¹

2. Noun. A goal or objective. ¹

3. Noun. A kind of small shield or buckler, used as a defensive weapon in war. ¹

4. Noun. (obsolete) A shield resembling the Roman scutum. In modern usage, a smaller variety of shield is usually implied by this term. ¹

5. Noun. (sports) The pattern or arrangement of a series of hits made by a marksman on a butt or mark. ¹

6. Noun. (surveying) The sliding crosspiece, or vane, on a leveling staff. ¹

7. Noun. (rail transport) A conspicuous disk attached to a switch lever to show its position, or for use as a signal. ¹

8. Noun. (cricket) the number of runs that the side batting last needs to score in the final innings in order to win ¹

9. Noun. (linguistics) The tenor of a metaphor. ¹

10. Noun. (translation studies) The translated version of a document, or the language into which translation occurs. ¹

11. Noun. A person (or group of people) that a person or organization is trying to employ or to have as a customer, audience etc. ¹

12. Verb. (transitive) To aim something, especially a weapon, at (a target). ¹

13. Verb. (transitive figuratively) To aim for as an audience or demographic. ¹

14. Verb. (transitive computing) To produce code suitable for. ¹

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Definition of Target

1. to make a goal of [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Target

1. 1. An object fixed as goal or point of examination. 2. In the ophthalmometer, the mire. Synonym: target organ. 4. Anode of an X-ray tube. See: X-ray. Origin: It. Targhetta, a small shield (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Target

taret organ
target (current term)
target acquisition system
target area
target audience
target behaviour
target cell
target cell anaemia
target company
target domain
target gland
target group
target language
target languages
target lesions of liver/spleen

Literary usage of Target

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. International Library of Technology: A Series of Textbooks for Persons by International Textbook Company (1907)
"As the armature approaches the core, the target / moves downwards and exposes ... The front of the target and all parts normally in view are painted black. ..."

2. Prevention of Youth Violence: A Framework for Community Action by Mary Ann Fenley (1993)
"Other target Groups The above three categories of target groups—the general population of youth, youth with high-risk behaviors, and young children—may be ..."

3. Peer Justice and Youth Empowerment: An Implementation Guide for Teen Court by Tracy M. Godwin, David J. Steinhart, Betsy A. Fulton (1997)
"DEFINING A target POPULATION To remain focused and deliver effective services, ... A written policy that outlines the offender target population for the ..."

4. Proceedings of the United States Naval Institute by United States Naval Institute (1900)
"(2) a vertical plane through the target at right angles to the vertical plane containing the line (i). (3) a straight line passing through the rear sight ..."

5. Utilisation and Reliability of High Power Proton Accelerators: Workshop by NEA Nuclear Science Committee (2003)
"Such a system would use a beam of high-energy protons impinging on a target of lead-bismuth liquid eutectic for neutron production. ..."

6. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1891)
"Integrity thus armless seeks her foes, And never needs the target nor the sword ... Modern target« for long-range practice with the rifle are made of metal, ..."

7. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1864)
"The target (saya the account) is an exact counterpart of a section 'of the ... The target was moored at one thousand yards distance from the firing points ..."

8. Manual of Mental and Physical Tests: A Book of Directions Compiled with by Guy Montrose Whipple (1914)
"ADJUSTABLE BASE-BOARD FOR target TEST. be a full, smooth stroke, not jerky or too short, and the pencil must, therefore, be brought back each time until it ..."

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