1. characterized by forceful and energetic action or activity

    Examples :
    • a vigorous hiker
    • gave her skirt a vigorous shake
    • a vigorous campaign
    • a vigorous foreign policy
    • vigorous opposition to the war
  2. strong and active physically or mentally

    Examples :
    • a vigorous old man who spent half of his day on horseback


  1. an estimate based on little or no information

    Synonyms : dead reckoning, guess, guessing, guesswork
    Type Of : estimation, approximation, estimate, idea
  2. a solid missile discharged from a firearm

    Synonyms : pellet
    Type Of : missile, projectile
    Examples :
    • the shot buzzed past his ear
  3. a person who shoots (usually with respect to their ability to shoot)

    Synonyms : shooter
    Type Of : expert
    Examples :
    • he is a crack shot
  4. an informal photograph; usually made with a small hand-held camera

    Synonyms : snap, snapshot
    Type Of : exposure, picture, pic, photograph, photo
    Examples :
    • my snapshots haven't been developed yet
    • he tried to get unposed shots of his friends
  5. varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles

    Synonyms : changeable, chatoyant, iridescent
    Examples :
    • chatoyant (or shot) silk
  6. an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect

    Synonyms : barb, dig, gibe, jibe, shaft, slam
    Type Of : remark, comment, input
    Examples :
    • his parting shot was `drop dead'
  7. a chance to do something

    Synonyms : crack
    Type Of : opportunity, chance
    Examples :
    • he wanted a shot at the champion
  8. the launching of a missile or spacecraft to a specified destination

    Synonyms : blastoff
    Type Of : rocket firing, rocket launching
  9. a consecutive series of pictures that constitutes a unit of action in a film

    Synonyms : scene
    Type Of : photograph, picture, photo, exposure, pic
  10. (sports) the act of swinging or striking at a ball with a club or racket or bat or cue or hand

    Synonyms : stroke
    Type Of : play, maneuver, manoeuvre
    Examples :
    • a good shot requires good balance and tempo
    • he left me an almost impossible shot
  11. the act of firing a projectile

    Synonyms : shooting
    Type Of : propulsion, actuation
  12. informal words for any attempt or effort

    Synonyms : stab
    Type Of : endeavor, attempt, endeavour, try, effort
    Examples :
    • he gave it his best shot
  13. the act of putting a liquid into the body by means of a syringe

    Synonyms : injection
    Type Of : medical aid, medical care
    Examples :
    • the nurse gave him a flu shot
  14. a small drink of liquor

    Synonyms : nip
    Type Of : small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
    Examples :
    • he poured a shot of whiskey
  15. a blow hard enough to cause injury

    Type Of : blow
    Examples :
    • he is still recovering from a shot to his leg
    • I caught him with a solid shot to the chin
  16. an attempt to score in a game

    Type Of : try, effort, endeavor, attempt, endeavour
  17. an explosive charge used in blasting

    Type Of : charge, explosive charge, bursting charge, burster
  18. sports equipment consisting of a heavy metal ball used in the shot put

    Type Of : sports equipment
    Examples :
    • he trained at putting the shot


  1. beg persistently and urgently

    Synonyms : insist
    Type Of : beg, implore, pray
    Examples :
    • I importune you to help them


  1. conforming to set usage, procedure, or discipline

    Synonyms : official
    Examples :
    • in prescribed order
  2. fixed or established especially by order or command

    Synonyms : appointed, decreed, ordained
  3. formally laid down or imposed

    Synonyms : positive
  4. set down as a rule or guide


  1. an ideal instance; a perfect embodiment of a concept

    Synonyms : beau ideal, idol, perfection
    Type Of : ideal
  2. model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal

    Synonyms : apotheosis, ideal, nonesuch, nonpareil, nonsuch, saint
    Type Of : role model, model


  1. cover as if with a shroud

    Synonyms : cover, hide, shroud
    Type Of : enclose, enfold, envelop, enwrap, wrap


  1. a surrounding or nearby region

    Synonyms : locality, neck of the woods, neighborhood, neighbourhood
    Type Of : section
    Examples :
    • the plane crashed in the vicinity of Asheville


  1. existing in possibility

    Synonyms : potential
    Examples :
    • possible uses of nuclear power
  2. an applicant who might be suitable

    Type Of : applicant, applier
  3. capable of happening or existing

    Antonyms : impossible
    Examples :
    • a breakthrough may be possible next year
    • anything is possible
    • warned of possible consequences
  4. something that can be done

    Type Of : possibility, possible action, opening
    Examples :
    • politics is the art of the possible


  1. your deepest feelings of love and compassion

    Type Of : compassion, compassionateness, love
    Examples :
    • many adoption cases tug at the heartstrings


  1. pose a threat to; present a danger to

    Synonyms : imperil, jeopardise, jeopardize, menace, peril, threaten
    Type Of : be, exist
    Examples :
    • The pollution is endangering the crops
  2. put in a dangerous, disadvantageous, or difficult position

    Synonyms : expose, peril, queer, scupper
    Type Of : bear upon, affect, bear on, touch on, impact, touch