• (America) IPA: /ˈtɑɹɡɪt/, [ˈtʰɑɹɡɪt̚]
  • (British) IPA: /tɑːɡɪt/

target (plural targets)

  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. 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. (obsolete) A shield resembling the Roman scutum, larger than the modern buckler.
    • 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 its bottom rounded off; it was generally convex, being curved in its breadth.
  5. (heraldry) A bearing representing a buckler.
  6. (sports) The pattern or arrangement of a series of hits made by a marksman on a butt or mark.
    He made a good target.
  7. (surveying) The sliding crosspiece, or vane, on a leveling staff.
  8. (rail transport) A conspicuous disk attached to a switch lever to show its position, or for use as a signal.
  9. (cricket) the number of runs that the side batting last needs to score in the final innings in order to win
  10. (linguistics) The tenor of a metaphor.
  11. (translation studies) The translated version of a document, or the language into which translation occurs.
    Do you charge by source or target?
  12. A person (or group of people) that a person or organization is trying to employ or to have as a customer, audience etc.
  13. (UK, dated) A thin cut; a slice; specifically, of lamb, a piece consisting of the neck and breast joints.
  14. (Scotland, obsolete) A tassel or pendant.
  15. (Scotland, obsolete) A shred; a tatter.
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  • Russian: мише́нь

target (targets, present participle targeting; past and past participle targeted)

  1. (transitive) To aim something, especially a weapon, at (a target).
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To aim for as an audience or demographic.
    The advertising campaign targeted older women.
  3. (transitive, computing) To produce code suitable for.
    This cross-platform compiler can target any of several processors.

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