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AIM, v.i.

To point at, with a missive weapon; to direct the intention or purpose; to attempt to reach, or accomplish; to tend towards; to endeavor; followed by at before the object; as, a man aims at distinction; or aims to be rich.

AIM, v.t. To direct or point as a weapon; to direct to a particular object; as, to aim a musket or an arrow, the first or a blow; to aim a satire or a reflection at some person or vice.

AIM, n.

1. The pointing or direction of a missile weapon; the direction of any thing to a particular point or object, with a view to strike or affect it; as a spear, a blow, a discourse or remark.

2. The point intended to be hit, or object intended to be affected; as, a man missed his aim.

3. Figuratively, a purpose; intention; design; scheme; as, men are often disappointed of their aim.

4. Conjecture; guess.

It is impossible, by aim, to tell it. [Not used.]



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AIM, v.i.

To point at, with a missive weapon; to direct the intention or purpose; to attempt to reach, or accomplish; to tend towards; to endeavor; followed by at before the object; as, a man aims at distinction; or aims to be rich.

AIM, v.t. To direct or point as a weapon; to direct to a particular object; as, to aim a musket or an arrow, the first or a blow; to aim a satire or a reflection at some person or vice.

AIM, n.

1. The pointing or direction of a missile weapon; the direction of any thing to a particular point or object, with a view to strike or affect it; as a spear, a blow, a discourse or remark.

2. The point intended to be hit, or object intended to be affected; as, a man missed his aim.

3. Figuratively, a purpose; intention; design; scheme; as, men are often disappointed of their aim.

4. Conjecture; guess.

It is impossible, by aim, to tell it. [Not used.]

AIM, n.

  1. The pointing or direction of a missile weapon; the direction of any thing to a particular point or object, with a view to strike or affect it; as a spear, a blow, a discourse or remark.
  2. The point intended to be hit, or object intended to be affected; as, a man missed his aim.
  3. Figuratively, a purpose; intention; design; scheme; as, men are often disappointed of their aim.
  4. Conjecture; guess. It is impossible, by aim, to tell it. [Not used.] – Spenser on Ireland.

AIM, v.i. [Qu. Ir. oigham, to eye. Skinner refers this word to the old Fr. esmer. If this was the orthography, I know not its affinities.]

To point at, with a missive weapon; to direct the intention or purpose; to attempt to reach, or accomplish; to tend toward; to endeavor; followed by at before the object; as, a man aims at distinction; or aims to be rich.


AIM, v.t.

To direct or point as a weapon; to direct to a particular object; as, to aim a musket or an arrow, the fist or a blow; to aim a satire or a reflection at some person or vice.


Aim
  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 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).
  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. The point intended to be hit, or object intended to be attained or affected.

    To be the aim of every dangerous shot.
    Shak.

  6. To guess or conjecture.

    [Obs.] Shak.
  7. Intention; purpose; design; scheme.

    How oft ambitious aims are crossed!
    Pope.

  8. Conjecture; guess.

    [Obs.]

    What you would work me to, I have some aim.
    Shak.

    To cry aim (Archery), to encourage. [Obs.] Shak.

    Syn. -- End; object; scope; drift; design; purpose; intention; scheme; tendency; aspiration.

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Aim

AIM, verb intransitive

To point at, with a missive weapon; to direct the intention or purpose; to attempt to reach, or accomplish; to tend towards; to endeavor; followed by at before the object; as, a man aims at distinction; or aims to be rich.

AIM, verb transitive To direct or point as a weapon; to direct to a particular object; as, to aim a musket or an arrow, the first or a blow; to aim a satire or a reflection at some person or vice.

AIM, noun

1. The pointing or direction of a missile weapon; the direction of any thing to a particular point or object, with a view to strike or affect it; as a spear, a blow, a discourse or remark.

2. The point intended to be hit, or object intended to be affected; as, a man missed his aim

3. Figuratively, a purpose; intention; design; scheme; as, men are often disappointed of their aim

4. Conjecture; guess.

It is impossible, by aim to tell it. [Not used.]

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