- (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.
Etymology: Diminutive of targe.
- To aim something (especially a weapon) at a target.
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