an object, usually marked with concentric circles, to be aimed at in shooting practice or contests.
any object used for this purpose.
anything fired at.
a goal to be reached.
an object of abuse, scorn, derision, etc.; butt.
Fencing. the portion of a fencer’s body where a touch can be scored.
a disk-shaped signal, as at a railroad switch, indicating the position of a switch.
the sliding sight on a leveling rod.
any marker on which sights are taken.
a small shield, usually round, carried by a foot soldier; buckler.
that is or may be a target or goal:
The target group consisted of college graduates who earned more than $50,000 a year.
verb (used with object)
to use, set up, or designate as a target or goal.
to direct toward a target:
The new warheads can be targeted with great precision.
to make a target of (an object, person, city, etc.) for attack or bombardment.
target (in) on, to establish or use as a target or goal:
The club is targeting on September for the move to larger quarters.
properly aimed or on the right course toward a target.
accurate, correct, or valid:
Their description of the event was on target.
filling or meeting a requirement or expectations:
The amount of supplies we took was right on target.
an object or area at which an archer or marksman aims, usually a round flat surface marked with concentric rings
(as modifier): target practice
any point or area aimed at; the object of an attack or a takeover bid
(as modifier): target area, target company
a fixed goal or objective: the target for the appeal is £10 000
a person or thing at which an action or remark is directed or the object of a person’s feelings: a target for the teacher’s sarcasm
a joint of lamb consisting of the breast and neck
(surveying) a marker on which sights are taken, such as the sliding marker on a levelling staff
(formerly) a small round shield
a substance, object, or system subjected to bombardment by electrons or other particles, or to irradiation
an electrode in a television camera tube whose surface, on which image information is stored, is scanned by the electron beam
(electronics) an object to be detected by the reflection of a radar or sonar signal, etc
on target, on the correct course to meet a target or objective
verb (transitive) -gets, -geting, -geted
to make a target of
to direct or aim: to target benefits at those most in need
target tar·get (tär’gĭt)
One to be influenced or changed by an action or event.
A desired goal.
A usually metal part in an x-ray tube on which a beam of electrons is focused and from which x-rays are emitted.
A target organ.
(1 Sam. 17:6, A.V., after the LXX. and Vulg.), a kind of small shield. The margin has “gorget,” a piece of armour for the throat. The Revised Version more correctly renders the Hebrew word (kidon) by “javelin.” The same Hebrew word is used in Josh. 8:18 (A.V., “spear;” R.V., “javelin”); Job 39:23 (A.V., “shield;” R.V., “javelin”); 41:29 (A.V., “spear;” R.V., “javelin”).
- Target-machine description language
(TMDL) The machine-description language used in the Graham-Glanville code generator. [“Table-Driven Code Generation”, S.L. Graham, IEEE Computer 13(8):25-34 (Aug 1980)]. (1995-02-21)
- Target man
noun 1. (soccer) an attacking player to whom high crosses and centres are played, esp a tall forward
- Target organ
target organ n. A tissue or organ that is affected by a specific hormone.
- Target response
target response n. See operant.