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Aim \Aim\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Aimed; p. pr. & vb. n. Aiming.] [OE. amen, aimen, eimen, to guess at, to estimate, to aim, OF. esmer, asmer, fr. L. aestimare to estimate; or perh. fr. OF. aesmer; ? (L. ad) + esmer. See Estimate.]

  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 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?

  3. To guess or conjecture. [Obs.]


vb. (en-past of: aim)

Usage examples of "aimed".

James Warburg affidavit is not aimed at the original boo but rather at an anti-Semitic book circulated over a decade later.

Once again, he found himself looking at the dark bulk of the aggressor ship as it came about and aimed its weapons ports.

The man was backing toward the catwalk, nearly on all fours, the burpgun aimed where Alacrity had been.

The alchemist aimed a finger at the woman and her hair grew to her waist.

She aimed to go for that peddler with the ax, but she forgot which hand was which, an' she takes after him with the chicken.

Stray cannonballs, aimed too high, howled overhead, while others, aimed too low, skipped across the surface of the water and crashed into the friendly ships anchored alongside them.

Their arquebusiers continued to fire aimed volleys at any of the enemy who ventured too close.

Intelligence soon reached him, however, of the magnitude of the blow aimed by Lee, and, hastily breaking up his camps on the Rappahannock, he hurried to attack the force assailing his communications.

If Anthony Bailor was the person under guard in a hospital, then it was likely that he had been the gunman who had aimed at me, shot Mercer, and killed the young receptionist in Chelsea on Sunday.

The energy cannon at the bow was purposely not aimed at the baleen, but it was manned.

The dead man moved too fast to be struck where Bas aimed, between the shoulder blades.

She held back a grin as Randolph smiled at Benedict, completely oblivious of the daggers being aimed his way.

Nixon, the celebration of the Bicentennial, the presidency of Carter, all aimed at restoration.

The biologist grabbed a flashlight from a stack near the door, flicked it on, and aimed past the cluttered entrance hall to the dark passages beyond.

The marksmanship of the Soviet artillery was perfect, and it aimed not at squares, as the Germans had done, but at definite targets, batteries, concentrations of tanks and infantry already drawn up on the line of attack, at bridges, underground ammunition dumps, blindages and command posts.