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noun .]]
  1. (Armor) A kind of small shield or buckler, used as a defensive weapon in war.
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  • 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.
    1. (Armor) (Obsolete) A shield resembling the Roman scutum. In modern usage, a smaller variety of shield is usually implied by this term.
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  • 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.
    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.
    2. The pattern or arrangement of a series of hits made by a marksman on a butt or mark; as, he made a good target.
    3. (surveying) The sliding crosspiece, or vane, on a leveling staff.
    4. (Railroad) A conspicuous disk attached to a switch lever to show its position, or for use as a signal.
    5. (cricket) the number of runs that the side batting last needs to score in the final innings in order to win
    6. (Language) The tenor of a metaphor.
    7. A goal or objective.
  • They have a to finish the project by November.
    verb 
    1. To aim something (especially a weapon) at a target.
    Etymology: Diminutive of targe.


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