- (archaic) A small shield.
- 1819: The Jester wore his usual fantastic habit, but late accidents had led him to adopt a good cutting falchion, instead of his wooden sword, with a to match it " Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
- (Armor) A kind of small shield or buckler, used as a defensive weapon in war.
- 1598: 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. — William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part I, Act II, Scene IV, line 200.
- (Armor) (Obsolete) A shield resembling the Roman scutum. In modern usage, a smaller variety of shield is usually implied by this term.
- 1786: 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 it's bottom rounded off; it was generally convex, being curved in it's breadth. — Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 22.
- A butt or mark to shoot at, as for practice, or to test the accuracy of a firearm, or the force of a projectile.
- The pattern or arrangement of a series of hits made by a marksman on a butt or mark; as, he made a good target.
- (surveying) The sliding crosspiece, or vane, on a leveling staff.
- (Railroad) A conspicuous disk attached to a switch lever to show its position, or for use as a signal.
- (cricket) the number of runs that the side batting last needs to score in the final innings in order to win
- (Language) The tenor of a metaphor.
- A goal or objective.
- They have a to finish the project by November.
- To aim something (especially a weapon) at a target.
noun (plural tassets)
- A defense for the front of the thigh, consisting of one or more iron plates hanging from the belt on the lower edge of the corselet.
- 1786: This included the head-piece and gorgett, the back and breast, with skirts of iron called tasses or tassets covering the thighs, as may be seen in the figures, representing the exercise of the pike, published anno 1622, by the title of the Military Art of Training; the same kind of armour was worn by the harquebusiers. — Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons, page 21.