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Definition of HIT

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Hit \Hit\, pron.
     It. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
     [1913 Webster]

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Hit \Hit\,
     3d pers. sing. pres. of {Hide}, contracted from hideth. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

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Hit \Hit\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hit}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Hitting}.] [OE. hitten, hutten, of Scand. origin; cf. Dan. hitte to hit, find, Sw. & Icel. hitta.]
     1. To reach with a stroke or blow; to strike or touch, usually with force; especially, to reach or touch (an object aimed at). [1913 Webster]

              I think you have hit the mark.        --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     2. To reach or attain exactly; to meet according to the occasion; to perform successfully; to attain to; to accord with; to be conformable to; to suit. [1913 Webster]

              Birds learning tunes, and their endeavors to hit the notes right.                          --Locke. [1913 Webster]

              There you hit him; . . . that argument never fails with him.                             --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

              Whose saintly visage is too bright
              To hit the sense of human sight.      --Milton. [1913 Webster]

              He scarcely hit my humor.             --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

     3. To guess; to light upon or discover. "Thou hast hit it."
        --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]

     4. (Backgammon) To take up, or replace by a piece belonging to the opposing player; -- said of a single unprotected piece on a point. [1913 Webster]

     {To hit off}, to describe with quick characteristic strokes; as, to hit off a speaker. --Sir W. Temple.

     {To hit out}, to perform by good luck. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

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Hit \Hit\, v. i.
     1. To meet or come in contact; to strike; to clash; -- followed by against or on. [1913 Webster]

              If bodies be extension alone, how can they move and hit one against another?              --Locke. [1913 Webster]

              Corpuscles, meeting with or hitting on those bodies, become conjoined with them.           --Woodward. [1913 Webster]

     2. To meet or reach what was aimed at or desired; to succeed,
        -- often with implied chance, or luck.
        [1913 Webster]

              And oft it hits
              Where hope is coldest and despair most fits. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              And millions miss for one that hits.  --Swift. [1913 Webster]

     {To hit on} or {To hit upon}, to light upon; to come to by chance; to discover unexpectedly; as, he hit on the solution after days of trying. "None of them hit upon the art." --Addison. [1913 Webster]

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Hit \Hit.\ adj.
     Having become very popular or acclaimed; -- said of entertainment performances; as, a hit song, a hit movie. [PJC]

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Hit \Hit\, n.
     1. A striking against; the collision of one body against another; the stroke that touches anything. [1913 Webster]

              So he the famed Cilician fencer praised, And, at each hit, with wonder seems amazed.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     2. A stroke of success in an enterprise, as by a fortunate chance; as, he made a hit; esp. A performance, as a musical recording, movie, or play, which achieved great popularity or acclaim; also used of books or objects of commerce which become big sellers; as, the new notebook computer was a big hit with business travellers. [1913 Webster +PJC]

              What late he called a blessing, now was wit, And God's good providence, a lucky hit. --Pope.

     3. A peculiarly apt expression or turn of thought; a phrase which hits the mark; as, a happy hit. [1913 Webster]

     4. A game won at backgammon after the adversary has removed some of his men. It counts less than a {gammon}. [1913 Webster]

     5. (Baseball) A striking of the ball; as, a safe hit; a foul hit; -- sometimes used specifically for a {base hit}. [1913 Webster]

     6. An act of murder performed for hire, esp. by a professional assassin. [PJC]

     {Base hit}, {Safe hit}, {Sacrifice hit}. (Baseball) See under {Base}, {Safe}, etc.

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541 Moby Thesaurus words for "hit":
     Grand Guignol, Passion play, Tom show, accomplish, accord, achieve, adverse criticism, affect, agree, ambush, animadversion, answer to, antimasque, antitoxin, approach, arrest the thoughts, arrive, arrive at, arrive in, aspersion, assail, assault, assent, assort with, attack, attain, attain to, audience success, bad notices, bad press, bag, ballad, ballet, bang, bang into, bash, bat, be consistent, be of one, be received, be uniform with, beating, beg, belt, best seller, biff, big hit, blast, blitz, blot out, blow, blow in, bob up, bomb, bonk, booster, booster dose, booster shot, brilliant success, broadcast drama, brush, brush by, buffet, bum, bump, bump into, bump off, burlesque show, bushwhack, cadge, cannon, captiousness, caress, carom, carom into, carping, catch, catch the thoughts, cavil, caviling, censoriousness, chance, charade, charge, check, check in, chime, chop, clap, clash, cliff hanger, clip, clip off, clobber, clock in, closet drama, clout, clump, cock, cohere, coincide, coldcock, collide, come, come at, come down on, come home to, come in, come in contact, come into collision, come to, come to hand, comedy drama, concur, concuss, conform, conform with, confront each other, conk, consist with, contact, cooperate, correspond, crack, crack down on, crack up, crash, crash into, critical success, criticism, criticize, croak, crump, crunch, cuff, cut, cut and thrust, dash, dash into, daytime serial, deal, deal a blow, deck, descend on, descend upon, descry, detect, determine, detonate, dialogue, dig, ding, dint, discharge, discover, do, do in, documentary drama, dose, dovetail, draft, drama, dramalogue, dramatic play, dramatic series, drop, dropping, drub, drubbing, drug packet, drumming, duodrama, duologue, eject, encounter, epic theater, erase, espy, exception, experimental theater, extravaganza, fad, failure, fall foul of, fall in together, fall on, fall upon, faultfinding, feint, fell, fetch, fetch a blow, fetch up at, find, find out, fire, fire off, fit together, fix, flail at, flail away at, flak, flop, foul, fusillade, gain, gang up on, gas, gasser, get, get in, get there, get to, give the business, giveaway, glance, go, go at, go for, go together, go with, goal, grab, grand slam, graze, great success, gun, gun down, gun for, hairsplitting, hang together, happening, harmonize, harry, have at, hit a clip, hit against, hit at, hit like lightning, hit show, hit the mark, hit town, hit tune, hit up, hold together, hole, hole in one, home run, home thrust, homer, hostile criticism, hunt down, hurt, hurtle, hypercriticalness, hypercriticism, hypodermic, hypodermic injection, ice, impinge, impress, impress forcibly, improvisational drama, imputation, injection, inoculation, interlock, intersect, invent, jab, jet injection, jibe, jump, killing, kiss, knock, knock against, knock cold, knock down, knock out, land on, lash out at, lay at, lay hands on, lay into, lay out, legitimate drama, let drive at, let fly, let fly at, let have it, let off, lick, light, light into, light music, load, locate, lock, luck, lunge at, mainlining, make, make an impression, make it, masque, match, meet, meet with, melodrama, meteoric success, minstrel show, miracle, miracle play, momentary success, monodrama, monologue, mooch, morality, morality play, mug, music drama, musical revue, mystery, mystery play, nagging, nail, narcotic injection, narcotic shot, niggle, niggling, nit, nit-picking, nudge, obloquy, off, opera, osculate, overcriticalness, overdose, overlap, pageant, pan, panel show, panhandle, pantomime, parallel, pass the hat, paste, pastoral, pastoral drama, pelt, pepper, percuss, pestering, pettifogging, pick off, piece, pistol, pitch into, play, playlet, plug, plunk, poke, poke at, polish off, pop, pop music, pop up, popping, popular music, popular song, portion, pot, potion, potshoot, potshot, pound, priggishness, prime, problem play, psychodrama, pull in, punch, punch in, quibble, quibbling, quiz show, radio drama, rap, reach, rediscover, reflection, register, register with, reproachfulness, resounding triumph, respond to, review, revue, riddle, ring in, riot, roaring success, rock, roll in, rub, rub out, run down, run into, run to earth, sail into, score, scrape, scrounge, sensation, sensational play, serial, set on, set upon, settle, shave, shoot, shoot at, shoot down, shooting up, shot, show, show up, sideswipe, sign in, sing in chorus, sink in, sitcom, situation comedy, sketch, skim, skin-popping, skirt, skit, slam, slam into, slog, slosh, slug, smack, smack into, smash, smash hit, smash into, smash up, smite, snap, snipe, snipe at, soak, soap, soap opera, sociodrama, sock, song hit, sort with, spectacle, spot, square, square with, squeak by, stage play, stage show, stand together, straight drama, stricture, strike, strike against, strike at, strike hard, strike home, strike out at, stroke, stumble, success, successful, surprise, suspense drama, swat, swing, swing at, swing on, swipe, tableau, tableau vivant, take a potshot, take care of, take the offensive, taking exception, talk show, tally, tattoo, teleplay, television drama, television play, tell, ten, theater of cruelty, thrust at, thump, thwack, time in, torpedo, total theater, touch, touchdown, trace, trace down, track down, traumatize, trichoschistism, triumph, tumble, turn up, vaccination, vaccine, variety show, vaudeville, vaudeville show, vehicle, wade into, wallop, waste, whack, wham, whomp, whop, wipe, wipe out, word-of-mouth success, work, wow, yerk, zap


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