Pronunciation: (tär'git), [key]
1. an object, usually marked with concentric circles, to be aimed at in shooting practice or contests.
2. any object used for this purpose.
3. anything fired at.
4. a goal to be reached.
5. an object of abuse, scorn, derision, etc.; butt.
6. Fencing.the portion of a fencer's body where a touch can be scored.
7. a disk-shaped signal, as at a railroad switch, indicating the position of a switch.
a. the sliding sight on a leveling rod.
b. any marker on which sights are taken.
9. a small shield, usually round, carried by a foot soldier; buckler.
10. on target,
a. properly aimed or on the right course toward a target.
b. accurate, correct, or valid: Their description of the event was on target.
c. filling or meeting a requirement or expectations: The amount of supplies we took was right on target.
that is or may be a target or goal: The target group consisted of college graduates who earned more than $50,000 a year.
1. to use, set up, or designate as a target or goal.
2. to direct toward a target: The new warheads can be targeted with great precision.
3. to make a target of (an object, person, city, etc.) for attack or bombardment.
4. target on or in on, to establish or use as a target or goal: The club is targeting on September for the move to larger quarters.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.