Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
eimen, to guess at, to estimate, to aim, OF.
asmer, fr. L.
aestimareto estimate; or perh. fr. OF.
aesmer; [GREEK] (L.
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;
aimat a fox, or at a target
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;
aimat distinction; to
aimto do well.
Aim’stthou at princes?
To guess or conjecture.
To direct or point, as a weapon, at a particular object; to direct, as a missile, an act, or a proceeding, at, to, or against an object;
aima musket or an arrow, the fist or a blow (
aima satire or a reflection (
atsome person or vice).
The pointing of a weapon, as a gun, a dart, or an arrow, in the line of direction with the object intended to be struck; the line of fire; the direction of anything, as a spear, a blow, a discourse, a remark, towards a particular point or object, with a view to strike or affect it.
Each at the head leveled his deadly
The point intended to be hit, or object intended to be attained or affected.
To be the
aimof every dangerous shot.
Intention; purpose; design; scheme.
How oft ambitious
What you would work me to, I have some
To cry aim
Syn. – End; object; scope; drift; design; purpose; intention; scheme; tendency; aspiration.
Webster 1828 Edition
To point at, with a missive weapon; to direct the intention or purpose; to attempt to reach, or accomplish; to tend towards; to endeavor; followed by at before the object; as, a man aims at distinction; or aims to be rich.
1.The pointing or direction of a missile weapon; the direction of any thing to a particular point or object, with a view to strike or affect it; as a spear, a blow, a discourse or remark.
2.The point intended to be hit, or object intended to be affected; as, a man missed his aim.
3.Figuratively, a purpose; intention; design; scheme; as, men are often disappointed of their aim.
It is impossible, by aim, to tell it. [Not used.]