Hit pron. It. [Obs.]
Hit, 3d pers. sing. pres. of Hide, contracted from hideth. [Obs.]
Hit v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hit; p. pr. & vb. n. Hitting.]
1. To reach with a stroke or blow; to strike or touch, usually with force; especially, to reach or touch (an object aimed at).
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. “Thou hast hit it.”
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. --Sir W. Temple.
To hit out, to perform by good luck. [Obs.] --Spenser.
Hit 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 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.”
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; 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.
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.
Base hit, Safe hit, Sacrifice hit. Baseball See under Base, Safe, etc.
n 1: (baseball) a successful stroke in an athletic contest
(especially in baseball); "he came all the way around on
2: the act of contacting one thing with another; "repeated
hitting raised a large bruise"; "after three misses she
finally got a hit" [syn: hitting, striking]
3: a conspicuous success; "that song was his first hit and
marked the beginning of his career"; "that new Broadway
show is a real smasher"; "the party went with a bang"
[syn: smash, smasher, strike, bang]
4: (physics) an brief event in which two or more bodies come
together; "the collision of the particles resulted in an
exchange of energy and a change of direction" [syn: collision]
5: a dose of a narcotic drug
6: a murder carried out by an underworld syndicate; "it has all
the earmarks of a Mafia hit"
7: a connection made via the internet to another website;
"WordNet gets many hits from users worldwide"
v 1: cause to move by striking; "hit a ball"
2: hit against; come into sudden contact with; "The car hit a
tree"; "He struck the table with his elbow" [syn: strike,
impinge on, run into, collide with] [ant: miss]
3: affect or afflict suddenly, usually adversely; "We were hit
by really bad weather"; "He was stricken with cancer when
he was still a teenager"; "The earthquake struck at
midnight" [syn: strike]
4: deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument;
"He hit her hard in the face"
5: reach a destination, either real or abstract; "We hit
Detroit by noon"; "The water reached the doorstep"; "We
barely made it to the finish line"; "I have to hit the MAC
machine before the weekend starts" [syn: reach, make,
attain, arrive at, gain]
6: reach a point in time, or a certain state or level; "The
thermometer hit 100 degrees"; "This car can reach a speed
of 140 miles per hour" [syn: reach, attain]
7: hit with a missile from a weapon [syn: shoot, pip]
8: cause to experience suddenly; "Panic struck me"; "An
interesting idea hit her"; "A thought came to me"; "The
thought struck terror in our minds"; "They were struck
with fear" [syn: strike, come to]
9: make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy,
opponent, or a target; "The Germans struck Poland on Sept.
1, 1939"; "We must strike the enemy's oil fields"; "in the
fifth inning, the Giants struck, sending three runners
home to win the game 5 to 2" [syn: strike]
10: hit the intended target or goal
11: produce by manipulating keys or strings of musical
instruments, also metaphorically; "The pianist strikes a
middle C"; "strike `z' on the keyboard"; "her comments
struck a sour note" [syn: strike]
12: encounter by chance; "I stumbled across a long-lost cousin
last night in a restaurant" [syn: stumble]
13: gain points in a game; "The home team scored many times";
"He hit a home run"; "He hit .300 in the past season"
[syn: score, tally, rack up]
14: consume to excess; "hit the bottle"
15: kill intentionally and with premeditation; "The mafia boss
ordered his enemies murdered" [syn: murder, slay, dispatch,
bump off, polish off, remove]
16: drive something violently into a location; "he hit his fist
on the table"; "she struck her head on the low ceiling"
17: pay unsolicited and usually unwanted sexual attention to;
"He tries to hit on women in bars"