from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A man skilled in shooting at a target.
  • noun A classification in the US Army and Marine Corps for the lowest of three ratings of rifle proficiency.
  • noun One who holds this rating.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A soldier who makes 60 per cent. at target practice at ranges up to 600 yards.
  • noun One who is skilful in shooting with a gun or a bow; one who readily hits the mark; a good shooter.
  • noun One who, not being able to write, makes his mark instead of signing his name.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One skillful to hit a mark with a missile; one who shoots well. especially with a pistol or rifle.
  • noun (Law) One who makes his mark, instead of writing his name, in signing documents.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A man skilled in shooting (a gun) at a target.
  • noun soccer goalscorer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun someone skilled in shooting


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