Dose vs Shot - What's the difference?

dose | shot |

As nouns the difference between dose and shot

is that dose is sow (female pig) while shot is the result of launching a projectile or bullet or shot can be a charge to be paid, a scot or shout.

As an adjective shot is

(colloquial) worn out or broken.

As a verb shot is

(shoot) or shot can be to load (a gun) with shot.

As an interjection shot is

(colloquial|south africa) thank you.




(en noun)
  • A measured portion of medicine taken at any one time.
  • The quantity of an agent (not always active) substance or radiation administered at any one time.
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  • A venereal infection.
  • * 1978 , (Lawrence Durrell), Livia'', Faber & Faber 1992 (''Avignon Quintet ), p. 382:
  • It would be very expensive to cure a dose here, as well as unbelievably painful.


  • to administer a dose
  • to prescribe a dose
  • Anagrams

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    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) , from Germanic *skot-''. Cognate with German ''''. Compare ''scot .


    (en adjective)
  • (colloquial) Worn out or broken.
  • The rear axle will have to be replaced. It's shot .
  • *
  • * (The Tragically Hip), "Thompson Girl", :
  • Thompson girl, I'm stranded at the Unique Motel / Thompson girl, winterfighter's shot on the car as well
  • (Of material, especially silk) Woven from warp and weft strands of different colours, resulting in an iridescent appearance.
  • The cloak was shot through with silver threads.
  • tired, weary
  • I have to go to bed now; I'm shot .
  • Discharged, cleared, or rid of something.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • Are you not glad to be shot of him?


    (en noun)
  • The result of launching a projectile or bullet.
  • The shot was wide off the mark.
  • (sports) The act of launching a ball or similar object toward a goal.
  • They took the lead on a last-minute shot .
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=November 12 , author= , title=International friendly: England 1-0 Spain , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=England's attacking impetus was limited to one shot from Lampard that was comfortably collected by keeper Iker Casillas, but for all Spain's domination of the ball his England counterpart Joe Hart was unemployed.}}
  • (athletics) The heavy iron ball used for the shot put.
  • The shot flew twenty metres, and nearly landed on the judge's foot.
  • (uncountable) Small metal balls used as ammunition.
  • (uncountable, military) Metal balls (or similar) used as ammunition; not necessarily small.
  • (referring to one's skill at firing a gun) Someone who shoots (a gun) regularly
  • I brought him hunting as he's a good shot .
    He'd make a bad soldier as he's a lousy shot .
  • An opportunity or attempt.
  • I'd like just one more shot at winning this game.
  • A remark or comment, especially one which is critical or insulting.
  • * 2003 , Carla Marinucci, " On inauguration eve, 'Aaaarnold' stands tall," San Francisco Chronicle , 16 Nov. (retrieved 18 Apr. 2009):
  • Schwarzenegger also is taking nasty shots from his own party, as GOP conservatives bash some of his appointments as Kennedyesque and traitorous to party values.
  • (slang, sports, US) A punch or other physical blow.
  • A measure of alcohol, usually spirits, as taken either from a shot-glass or directly from the bottle, equivalent to about 44 milliliters; 1.5 ounces. ("pony shot"= 30 milliliters; 1 fluid ounce)
  • I'd like a shot of whisky in my coffee.
  • A single serving of espresso.
  • (photography, film) A single unbroken sequence of photographic film exposures, or the digital equivalent; an unedited sequence of frames.
  • We got a good shot of the hummingbirds mating.
  • A vaccination or injection.
  • I went to the doctor to get a shot for malaria.
  • (US, Canada, baseball, informal) A home run that scores one, two, or three runs (a four run home run is usually referred to as a grand slam).
  • His solo shot in the seventh inning ended up winning the game.
  • (US federal prison system) Written documentation of a behavior infraction.
  • Derived terms
    * armor-piercing shot * big shot * buckshot * chip shot * cow shot * long shot * parting shot * shot-glass * shotgun * shotlike * shot put * shot spot * split-shot * tracking shot
    * call the shots * give something one's best shot * shot in the arm


  • (shoot)
  • Verb

  • To load (a gun) with shot.
  • (Totten)
    (Webster 1913)

    Etymology 2

    See .


    (en noun)
  • A charge to be paid, a scot or shout.
  • Drink up. It's his shot .
  • * Chapman
  • Here no shots are where all shares be.
  • * Shakespeare
  • A man is never welcome to a place till some certain shot be paid and the hostess say "Welcome".

    Etymology 3


    (en interjection)
  • (colloquial, South Africa) Thank you.
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