1. An athletic event in which contestants attempt to put a heavy metal ball as far as possible.
2. The standard ball used in this competition.
shot-put′ter (-pt′ər) n.
(click for a larger image)shot put
Andre Niklaus of Germany at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics
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