1: (baseball) a successful stroke in an athletic contest (especially in baseball); "he came all the way around on Williams' hit"
2: the act of contacting one thing with another; "repeated hitting raised a large bruise"; "after three misses she finally got a hit" [syn: hitting, striking]
3: a conspicuous success; "that song was his first hit and marked the beginning of his career"; "that new Broadway show is a real smasher"; "the party went with a bang" [syn: smash, smasher, strike, bang]
4: (physics) an brief event in which two or more bodies come together; "the collision of the particles resulted in an exchange of energy and a change of direction" [syn: collision]
5: a dose of a narcotic drug
6: a murder carried out by an underworld syndicate; "it has all the earmarks of a Mafia hit"
7: a connection made via the internet to another website; "WordNet gets many hits from users worldwide"
1: cause to move by striking; "hit a ball"
2: hit against; come into sudden contact with; "The car hit a tree"; "He struck the table with his elbow" [syn: strike, impinge on, run into, collide with] [ant: miss]
3: affect or afflict suddenly, usually adversely; "We were hit by really bad weather"; "He was stricken with cancer when he was still a teenager"; "The earthquake struck at midnight" [syn: strike]
4: deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument; "He hit her hard in the face"
5: reach a destination, either real or abstract; "We hit Detroit by noon"; "The water reached the doorstep"; "We barely made it to the finish line"; "I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts" [syn: reach, make, attain, arrive at, gain]
6: reach a point in time, or a certain state or level; "The thermometer hit 100 degrees"; "This car can reach a speed of 140 miles per hour" [syn: reach, attain]
7: hit with a missile from a weapon [syn: shoot, pip]
8: cause to experience suddenly; "Panic struck me"; "An interesting idea hit her"; "A thought came to me"; "The thought struck terror in our minds"; "They were struck with fear" [syn: strike, come to]
9: make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target; "The Germans struck Poland on Sept. 1, 1939"; "We must strike the enemy's oil fields"; "in the fifth inning, the Giants struck, sending three runners home to win the game 5 to 2" [syn: strike]
10: hit the intended target or goal
11: produce by manipulating keys or strings of musical instruments, also metaphorically; "The pianist strikes a middle C"; "strike `z' on the keyboard"; "her comments struck a sour note" [syn: strike]
12: encounter by chance; "I stumbled across a long-lost cousin last night in a restaurant" [syn: stumble]
13: gain points in a game; "The home team scored many times"; "He hit a home run"; "He hit .300 in the past season" [syn: score, tally, rack up]
14: consume to excess; "hit the bottle"
15: kill intentionally and with premeditation; "The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered" [syn: murder, slay, dispatch, bump off, polish off, remove]
16: drive something violently into a location; "he hit his fist on the table"; "she struck her head on the low ceiling" [syn: strike]
17: pay unsolicited and usually unwanted sexual attention to; "He tries to hit on women in bars" [also: hitting]
Adjacent words: historiographer | history | history department | history lesson | histrion | histrionic | histrionics | hit | hit home | hit it up | hit list | hit man | hit parade | hit squad | hit the books | hit the ceiling