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hit    : [h'ɪt]
Hit \Hit\, pron.
It. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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Hit \Hit\,
3d pers. sing. pres. of {Hide}, contracted from hideth.
[Obs.] --Chaucer.
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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).
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I think you have hit the mark. --Shak.
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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.
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Birds learning tunes, and their endeavors to hit the
notes right. --Locke.
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There you hit him; . . . that argument never fails
with him. --Dryden.
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Whose saintly visage is too bright
To hit the sense of human sight. --Milton.
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He scarcely hit my humor. --Tennyson.
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3. To guess; to light upon or discover. "Thou hast hit it."
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4. (Backgammon) To take up, or replace by a piece belonging
to the opposing player; -- said of a single unprotected
piece on a point.
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{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.
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Hit \Hit\, v. i.
1. To meet or come in contact; to strike; to clash; --
followed by against or on.
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If bodies be extension alone, how can they move and
hit one against another? --Locke.
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Corpuscles, meeting with or hitting on those bodies,
become conjoined with them. --Woodward.
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2. To meet or reach what was aimed at or desired; to succeed,
-- often with implied chance, or luck.
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And oft it hits
Where hope is coldest and despair most fits. --Shak.
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And millions miss for one that hits. --Swift.
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{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.
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Hit \Hit.\ adj.
Having become very popular or acclaimed; -- said of
entertainment performances; as, a hit song, a hit movie.

Hit \Hit\, n.
1. A striking against; the collision of one body against
another; the stroke that touches anything.
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So he the famed Cilician fencer praised,
And, at each hit, with wonder seems amazed.
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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.
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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.
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4. A game won at backgammon after the adversary has removed
some of his men. It counts less than a {gammon}.
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5. (Baseball) A striking of the ball; as, a safe hit; a foul
hit; -- sometimes used specifically for a {base hit}.
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6. An act of murder performed for hire, esp. by a
professional assassin.

{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
Williams' hit"
2: the act of contacting one thing with another; "repeated
hitting raised a large bruise"; "after three misses she
finally got a hit" [synonym: {hit}, {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" [synonym: {hit},
{smash}, {smasher}, {strike}, {bang}]
4: (physics) a 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" [synonym:
{collision}, {hit}]
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" [synonym: {hit},
{strike}, {impinge on}, {run into}, {collide with}] [ant:
3: deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument;
"He hit her hard in the face"
4: 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" [synonym: {reach}, {make}, {attain}, {hit},
{arrive at}, {gain}]
5: 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"
[synonym: {hit}, {strike}]
6: hit with a missile from a weapon [synonym: {shoot}, {hit}, {pip}]
7: encounter by chance; "I stumbled across a long-lost cousin
last night in a restaurant" [synonym: {stumble}, {hit}]
8: gain points in a game; "The home team scored many times"; "He
hit a home run"; "He hit .300 in the past season" [synonym:
{score}, {hit}, {tally}, {rack up}]
9: 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" [synonym: {hit}, {strike}, {come to}]
10: 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" [synonym: {strike}, {hit}]
11: kill intentionally and with premeditation; "The mafia boss
ordered his enemies murdered" [synonym: {murder}, {slay}, {hit},
{dispatch}, {bump off}, {off}, {polish off}, {remove}]
12: drive something violently into a location; "he hit his fist
on the table"; "she struck her head on the low ceiling"
[synonym: {hit}, {strike}]
13: 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" [synonym: {reach}, {hit}, {attain}]
14: 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" [synonym: {strike}, {hit}]
15: consume to excess; "hit the bottle"
16: hit the intended target or goal
17: pay unsolicited and usually unwanted sexual attention to;
"He tries to hit on women in bars"

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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