Hit

Definition of Hit

pron.1.It.
3d pers. s1.3d pers. sing. pres. of Hide, contracted from hideth.
v. t.1.To reach with a stroke or blow; to strike or touch, usually with force; especially, to reach or touch (an object aimed at).
[imp. & p. p. Hit; p. pr. & vb. n. Hitting.]
I think you have hit the mark.
- Shak.
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.
Birds learning tunes, and their endeavors to hit the notes right.
- Locke.
There you hit him; . . . that argument never fails with him.
- Dryden.
Whose saintly visage is too bright
To hit the sense of human sight.
- Milton.
He scarcely hit my humor.
- Tennyson.
3.To guess; to light upon or discover.
4.(Backgammon) To take up, or replace by a piece belonging to the opposing player; - said of a single unprotected piece on a point.
To hit off
to describe with quick characteristic strokes; as, to hit off a speaker.
To hit out
to perform by good luck.
- Sir W. Temple.
v. i.1.To meet or come in contact; to strike; to clash; - followed by against or on.
If bodies be extension alone, how can they move and hit one against another?
- Locke.
Corpuscles, meeting with or hitting on those bodies, become conjoined with them.
- Woodward.
2.To meet or reach what was aimed at or desired; to succeed, - often with implied chance, or luck.
And oft it hits
Where hope is coldest and despair most fits.
- Shak.
And millions miss for one that hits.
- Swift.
To hit on
to light upon; to come to by chance; to discover unexpectedly; as, he hit on the solution after days of trying.
- Addison.
n.1.A striking against; the collision of one body against another; the stroke that touches anything.
So he the famed Cilician fencer praised,
And, at each hit, with wonder seems amazed.
- Dryden.
2.A stroke of success in an enterprise, as by a fortunate chance; as, he made a hit;
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.
4.A game won at backgammon after the adversary has removed some of his men. It counts less than a gammon.
5.(Baseball) A striking of the ball; as, a safe hit; a foul hit; - sometimes used specifically for a base hit.
6.An act of murder performed for hire, esp. by a professional assassin.
Base hit
(Baseball) See under Base, Safe, etc.

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