target-n; 7 Senses

Sense Number 1: a reference point to aim at

Commentary: TARGET[+location][+point][+designated] [+relation][+reference][+point] [+equipment][+sports][+shooting][+darts/+archery/+guns]

The camp counselor set up the targets for the children during their archery lesson.
With his first dart John hit the bull's eye on the target.
That economic forecast turned out to be a bit off target.
Bob's remarks at the meeting were right on target.
Defining the standards for this procedure continues to be a moving target. (metaphoric extension)
See whether you can hit the target from twenty feet further back.
Target cells have receptors to which hormones can attach. (reference points)
A target cell is the cell tower to which a mobile phone's signal is handed off to from a previous cell.
The source language of this document is English and the target language for translation is Chinese.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 4

Sense Number 2: person, place or object selected for an attack

Commentary: TARGET[+role][+quarry][+victim/+asset]
NOTE: implies an intent to attack a designated entity, it is not by chance.

The prime minister was not the intended target of the assassins.
That computer company is considered a prime takeover target at the moment.
These frail and elderly people often become the targets of various sales scams.
The pilot reported he was over the target.
The bombs hit their targets with deadly accuracy.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 3

Sense Number 3: an objective or goal

Commentary: TARGET[+state][+goal][+quantifiable] [+relation][+objective]
NOTE: refers to an intended end state, not a location (Sense 1)

John has reached his target of losing 40 pounds.
The company fell short of its revenue target this quarter.
These children have reached their target of reading proficiency at the third grade level.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 4: a railroad signal indicating the status of a switch

Commentary: TARGET[+equipment][+railroad][+signal][+switch]

The target indicated the switch was open, so the engineer throttled the locomotive up.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 4a

Sense Number 5: a sliding sight on a surveyor's leveling rod

Commentary: TARGET[+equipment][+surveying][+rod][+sight][+sliding]

The surveyor adjusted the target of his rod as he sighted along the horizon.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 4b

Sense Number 6: a metal material or surface at which subatomic particles are fired

Commentary: TARGET[+material][+metal][+bombarded][+particle][+subatomic]

Tungsten serves as the target for these highly charged particles to collide with.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 5a

Sense Number 7: a small round shield

Commentary: TARGET[+equipment][+battle][+shield][+small]
NOTE: a physical artifact, protective battle gear.

Each warrior carried a target and a sword.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 1