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.
- 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
- 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
Whose saintly visage is too bright To hit the sense of
human sight. --Milton
He scarcely hit my humor. --Tennyson
- To guess; to light upon or discover.
Thou hast hit it. --Shak
- (Backgammon) To take up, or replace by a piece belonging to the
opposing player; -- said of a single unprotected piece on a
Hit \hit\, n.
- A successful stroke in an athletic contest (especially in
baseball); "he came all the way around on Williams' hit"
- A act of hitting one thing with another; "repeated hitting
raised a large bruise"; "after three misses she finally got a hit"
[syn: hitting, striking]
- A conspicuous success; "that song was his first hit and marked
the beginning of his career" [syn: bang, smash, strike]
- An event in which two or more bodies come together [syn:
- A dose of a narcotic drug
- A murder carried out by an underworld syndicate; "it has all
the earmarks of a Mafia hit"
- 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
- 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
Hit \hit\, v. i
- 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
- 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
And millions miss for one that hits.
To hit on or upon, to light upon; to come to by chance
None of them hit upon the art. --Addison
- Cause to move by striking; "hit a ball"
- Hit against; come into sudden contact with; "The arrow hit the
target"; "The car hit a tree" [syn: strike, impinge on, run into,
collide with] [ant: miss]
- Affect suddenly, usually adversely; "We were hit by really bad
weather" [syn: strike]
- Deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument; "He
hit her hard in the face"
- 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]
- Reach a destination, either real or abstract; "We hit Detroit
by noon"; "The water reached the doorstep"; "We barely made the
plane"; "I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts"
[syn: reach, attain, make, arrive at, gain]
- Hit with a missile from a weapon [syn: shoot, pip]
- Cause to experience suddenly; "Panic struck me"; "An
interesting idea hit her"; "A thought came to me" [syn: strike,
- Make a strike against an enemy or a target [syn: strike]
- As of a piano key or notes; "strike middle C"; also used
metaphorically: "strike a sour note [syn: strike]
- Hit the target or goal, as intended [ant: miss]
- Encounter by chance; "I stumbled across a long-lost cousin last
night in a restaurant" [syn: stumble]
- Gain points; "The home team scored many times" [syn: score,
tally, rack up]
- Consume to excess; "hit the bottle"
- Kill intentionally and with premeditation; "The mafia boss
ordered his enemies murdered" [syn: murder, slay, dispatch, bump
off, polish off, remove]
Hit \hit\, 3d pers. sing. pres. of hide, contracted from
hideth [Obs.] --Chaucer
Hit \hit\, pron It. [Obs.] --Chaucer