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a    an object or area at which an archer or marksman aims, usually a round flat surface marked with concentric rings  
b    (as modifier)  
target practice     
a    any point or area aimed at; the object of an attack or a takeover bid  
b    (as modifier)  
target area, target company     
3    a fixed goal or objective  
the target for the appeal is £10000     
4    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     
5    a joint of lamb consisting of the breast and neck  
6      (Surveying)   a marker on which sights are taken, such as the sliding marker on a levelling staff  
7    (formerly) a small round shield  
8      (Physics, electronics)  
a    a substance, object, or system subjected to bombardment by electrons or other particles, or to irradiation  
b    an electrode in a television camera tube whose surface, on which image information is stored, is scanned by the electron beam  
9      (Electronics)   an object detected by the reflection of a radar or sonar signal, etc.  
10    on target   on the correct course to meet a target or objective  
      vb   , -gets, -geting, -geted   tr  
11    to make a target of  
12    to direct or aim  
to target benefits at those most in need     
     (C14: from Old French targette a little shield, from Old French targe)  
  targetless      adj  

attainment target  
      n     (Brit. education)   a general defined level of ability that a pupil is expected to achieve in every subject at each key stage in the National Curriculum,   (Abbrev.)    AT  
sitting target  
      n   a person or thing in a defenceless or vulnerable position,   (Also called (informal))    sitting duck  
target language  
1    the language into which a text, document, etc., is translated  
2    a language that is being or is to be learnt  
target man  
      n     (Soccer)   an attacking player to whom high crosses and centres are played, esp. a tall forward  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


1    aim, ambition, bull's-eye, end, goal, Holy Grail     (informal)   intention, mark, object, objective  
2    butt, quarry, scapegoat, victim  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
sigle of "Air Launched Cruise Missile" that can find his target electronically by his own means at a long distance according to a memorized map of the landscape he has to pass over
can also be launched from the soil or the sea. they can be reprogrammed or destroyed during the fly by the "sender"
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