Aim v. i. [imp. & p. p. Aimed p. pr. & vb. n. Aiming.]
1. To point or direct a missile weapon, or a weapon which propels as missile, towards an object or spot with the intent of hitting it; as, to aim at a fox, or at a target.
2. To direct the indention or purpose; to attempt the accomplishment of a purpose; to try to gain; to endeavor; -- followed by at, or by an infinitive; as, to aim at distinction; to aim to do well.
Aim'st thou at princes? --Pope.
3. To guess or conjecture. [Obs.]
Aim, v. t. To direct or point, as a weapon, at a particular object; to direct, as a missile, an act, or a proceeding, at, to, or against an object; as, to aim a musket or an arrow, the fist or a blow (at something); to aim a satire or a reflection (at some person or vice).
1. The pointing of a weapon, as a gun, a dart, or an arrow, in the line of direction with the object intended to be struck; the line of fire; the direction of anything, as a spear, a blow, a discourse, a remark, towards a particular point or object, with a view to strike or affect it.
Each at the head leveled his deadly aim. --Milton.
2. The point intended to be hit, or object intended to be attained or affected.
To be the aim of every dangerous shot. --Shak.
3. Intention; purpose; design; scheme.
How oft ambitious aims are crossed! --Pope.
4. Conjecture; guess. [Obs.]
What you would work me to, I have some aim. --Shak.
To cry aim Archery, to encourage. [Obs.]
Syn: -- End; object; scope; drift; design; purpose; intention; scheme; tendency; aspiration.
n 1: an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your
planned actions; "his intent was to provide a new
translation"; "good intentions are not enough"; "it was
created with the conscious aim of answering immediate
needs"; "he made no secret of his designs" [syn: purpose,
intent, intention, design]
2: the goal intended to be attained (and which is believed to
be attainable); "the sole object of her trip was to see
her children" [syn: object, objective, target]
3: the action of directing something at an object; "he took aim
4: the direction or path along which something moves or along
which it lies [syn: bearing, heading]
v 1: aim or direct at; as of blows, weapons, or objects such as
photographic equipment; "Please don't aim at your little
brother!"; "He trained his gun on the burglar"; "Don't
train your camera on the women"; "Take a swipe at one's
opponent" [syn: take, train, take aim, direct]
2: propose or intend; "I aim to arrive at noon" [syn: purpose,
3: move into a desired direction of discourse; "What are you
driving at?" [syn: drive, get]
4: specifically design a product, event, or activity for a
certain public [syn: calculate, direct]
5: intend (something) to move towards a certain goal; "He aimed
his fists towards his opponent's face"; "criticism
directed at her superior"; "direct your anger towards
others, not towards yourself" [syn: target, place, direct,
6: direct (a remark) toward an intended goal; "She wanted to
aim a pun"
7: have an ambitious plan or a lofty goal [syn: draw a bead on,
aspire, shoot for]