• A goal or objective.

    "They have a target to finish the project by November."

  • (sports) The pattern or arrangement of a series of hits made by a marksman on a butt or mark.

    "He made a good target."

  • (cricket) the number of runs that the side batting last needs to score in the final innings in order to win
  • A person (or group of people) that a person or organization is trying to employ or to have as a customer, audience etc.
  • (Scotland, obsolete) A shred; a tatter.
  • A butt or mark to shoot at, as for practice, or to test the accuracy of a firearm, or the force of a projectile.

    "Take careful aim at the target."

  • (obsolete) A shield resembling the Roman scutum. In modern usage, a smaller variety of shield is usually implied by this term.
  • (rail transport) A conspicuous disk attached to a switch lever to show its position, or for use as a signal.
  • (translation studies) The translated version of a document, or the language into which translation occurs.

    "Do you charge by source or target?"

  • (Scotland, obsolete) A tassel or pendant.
  • A kind of small shield or buckler, used as a defensive weapon in war.
  • (surveying) The sliding crosspiece, or vane, on a leveling staff.
  • (linguistics) The tenor of a metaphor.
  • (Britain, dated) A thin cut; a slice; specifically, of lamb, a piece consisting of the neck and breast joints.


  • (transitive, computing) To produce code suitable for.

    "This cross-platform compiler can target any of several processors."

  • (transitive, figuratively) To aim for as an audience or demographic.

    "The advertising campaign targeted older women."

  • (transitive) To aim something, especially a weapon, at (a target).

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