- The definition of a shoot is the new growth on a plant or an act of firing something from a gun.
- An example of a shoot is the first growth from a newly-planted bean seed.
- Target practice with a rifle is an example of a shoot.
- Shoot is defined as to fire a weapon or to move quickly.
- An example of shoot is to kill a deer with a gun while hunting.
- When you shoot questions at someone you are asking the questions very quickly.
- to move swiftly over, by, across, etc.: to shoot the rapids in a canoe
- to make move with great speed or sudden force: to shoot an elevator upward
- to pour, empty out, or dump, as down a chute
- to throw or hurl out or forth: volcanoes shooting molten rock into the air
- to cast (an anchor, fish net, etc.)
- ⌂ to throw away or spoil (an opportunity, chance, etc.)
- Informal to use up or waste (time, money, etc.)
- to slide (a door bolt) into or out of its fastening
- to variegate, streak, fleck, etc. (with another color or substance): a blue sky shot with white clouds
- to vary (with something different): a story shot with humor
- to thrust out suddenly: snakes shooting out their tongues
- to put forth (a branch, leaves, etc.)
- to send forth (a missile or projectile); discharge or fire (a bullet, arrow, etc.)
- to discharge or emit (rays) with force
- to send forth (a question, reply, glance, fist, etc.) swiftly, suddenly, or with force or feeling
- to discharge or fire (a gun, bow, charge of explosive, etc.)
- to hit, wound, kill, or destroy with a bullet, arrow, etc.
- to make by firing a bullet: to shoot a hole in a door
- to hunt game in or on (a tract of land)
- to take the altitude of (a star) with a transit, sextant, etc.
- to take a picture of with a camera; photograph; film
- to photograph
- to make an electronic recording of (an image or images), as with a digital camera
- to inject (a narcotic drug, etc.) intravenously
- to straighten (the edge of a board) with a plane
- ⌂ Slang to send, hand, or give in a swift or hasty way
- to hit, kick, throw, drive, or propel (a ball, marble, etc.) toward the objective
- ⌂ to throw (dice) as in a game of craps
- to make or score (a goal, points, total strokes, etc.)
- to play (golf, pool, craps, etc.)
- to make (a specified bet), as in craps
Origin of shootMiddle English shoten ; from Old English sceotan, akin to Old Norse skj?ta, German schiessen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form (s)keud-, to throw, shoot from source shut, Old Church Slavonic is-kydati, to throw out
- to move swiftly; rush; dart: a cat shot out of the room
- to spurt or gush: water shot from the hose
- to be felt suddenly and keenly: pain shot through his arm
- to grow or sprout, esp. rapidly
- to jut out; project
- to send forth a missile or projectile; discharge bullets, arrows, etc.; go off; fire
- to use guns, bows and arrows, etc., as in hunting
- to have skill in using a gun, etc.
- to photograph or record electronically a scene or subject
- to start the cameras working in photographing a scene or film ()
- to propel a ball, marble, etc. toward the objective
- to throw dice
- the act of shooting
- a shooting trip, party, or contest: a turkey shoot
- a round of shots in a shooting contest
- the action of growing or sprouting
- a new growth; sprout or twig
- action or motion like that of something shot, as of water from a hose
- the launching of a rocket, guided missile, etc.
- ⌂ a sloping trough or channel; chute
- a body of ore in a vein, usually elongated and vertical or steeply inclined
- a twinge or spasm of pain
- a period of photographing, filming, or recording electronically, esp. away from the studio: a fashion shoot, a three-month shoot in Rome
- to bring down by hitting with a shot or shots
- Informal to destroy, reject, etc., esp. forcefully
shoot from the hip
shoot oneself in the foot⌂
shoot off one's mouth⌂ Slang
- to speak without caution or discretion; blab
- to boast; brag
- to grow or rise rapidly
- to hit with several or many shots
- ⌂ Informal to spread terror and destruction throughout by lawless and wanton shooting
- ⌂ Slang to inject a narcotic drug, esp. heroin, intravenously
Origin of shooteuphemism for shit
verbshot shot , shoot·ing, shoots
- a. To hit, wound, or kill with a missile fired from a weapon.b. To remove or destroy by firing or projecting a missile: shot out the window.c. To make (a hole, for example) by firing a weapon.
- To fire or let fly (a missile) from a weapon.
- a. To discharge (a weapon).b. To detonate or cause to explode: shot off a firecracker.
- To inject (a drug, for example) with a hypodermic syringe.
- To throw out or release (a fishing line, for example).
- a. To send forth suddenly, intensely, or swiftly: The burning building shot sparks onto the adjacent roof. He shot an angry look at me.b. To emit (a ray or rays of light or another form of energy).c. To utter (sounds or words) forcefully, rapidly, or suddenly: She shot a retort to the insult.d. Slang To give, send, or hand quickly: Shoot me that stapler.
- Informal To spend, use up, or waste: They shot their savings on a new boat.
- To pass over or through swiftly: shooting the rapids.
- To cover (country) in hunting for game.
- To record on film or video using a movie camera: shot the scene in one take.
- To cause to project or protrude; extend: shot out her arm to prevent the bottle from falling.
- To begin to grow or produce; put forth.
- To pour, empty out, or discharge down or as if down a chute: shot gravel into the hole.
- Sports & Games a. To throw or propel (a ball, marble, or other projectile in a game) in a specific direction or toward the objective.b. To accomplish (the objective) of a game involving a projectile; score (a point, basket, or goal).c. To play (a game involving projectiles, such as golf or pool).d. To attain (a given score) in golf.e. To play (a game involving dice, especially craps).f. To throw (the dice or a given score) in craps.
- To slide (the bolt of a lock) into or out of its fastening.
- To plane (the edge of a board) straight.
- To variegate (colored cloth) by interweaving weft threads of a different color.
- To measure the altitude of with a sextant or other instrument: shot the star.
- To discharge a missile from a weapon.
- To discharge or fire; go off.
- a. To gush or spurt: Water shot out of the geyser.b. To appear suddenly: The sun shot through a break in the clouds.
- To move swiftly; dart.
- To be felt moving or as if moving in the body: Pain shot through my lower leg.
- To protrude; project: The headland shoots far out into the sea.
- To engage in hunting or the firing of weapons, especially for sport: is shooting in Scotland during the fall.
- To put forth new growth; germinate.
- a. To take pictures.b. To film a scene in a movie.
- Sports & Games To propel a ball or other object toward the goal or in a specific direction or manner.
- Games To throw dice.
- Slang To begin talking. Often used in the imperative: I know you have something to tell me, so shoot!
- To slide into or out of a fastening. Used of the bolt of a lock.
- The motion or movement of something that is propelled, driven, or discharged.
- a. The young growth arising from a germinating seed; a sprout.b. A young leaf, flower, or other new growth on a plant.c. The aboveground part of a vascular plant.
- A narrow, swift, or turbulent section of a stream.
- a. The act of discharging a weapon or letting fly a missile.b. Informal The launching of a rocket or similar missile.
- a. An organized shooting activity, such as a skeet tournament or hunt.b. A round of shots in a contest with firearms.
- A session in which something is photographed, filmed, or videotaped.
- The distance a shot travels; the range.
- Nautical The interval between strokes in rowing.
- A sharp twinge or spasm of pain.
- An inclined channel for moving something; a chute.
- A body of ore in a vein.
Origin of shootMiddle English shoten, from Old English scēotan; see skeud- in Indo-European roots. Interj., alteration of shit.
(third-person singular simple present shoots, present participle shooting, simple past shot, past participle shot, or rarely shotten)
- To launch a projectile.
- To fire (a weapon that releases a projectile).
- to shoot a gun
- To fire (a projectile).
- To fire a projectile at (a person or target).
- The man, in a desperate bid for freedom, grabbed his gun and started shooting anyone he could.
- He was shot by a police officer.
- (intransitive) To cause a weapon to discharge a projectile.
- They shot at a target.
- He shoots better than he rides.
- (intransitive) To discharge a missile; said of a weapon.
- The gun shoots well.
- (figuratively) To dismiss or do away with.
- His idea was shot on sight.
- (analogous) To photograph.
- He shot the couple in a variety of poses.
- He shot seventeen stills.
- To fire (a weapon that releases a projectile).
- To move or act quickly or suddenly.
- (intransitive, usually, as imperative) To begin to speak.
- "Can I ask you a question?" "Shoot."
- (intransitive) To move very quickly and suddenly.
- After an initial lag, the experimental group's scores shot past the control group's scores in the fourth week.
- To go over or pass quickly through.
- shoot the rapids
- (slang) To ejaculate.
- After a very short time, he shot his load over the carpet.
- To tip (something, especially coal) down a chute.
- To penetrate, like a missile; to dart with a piercing sensation.
- a shooting pain in my leg
- (intransitive, usually, as imperative) To begin to speak.
- To send out or forth, especially with a rapid or sudden motion; to cast with the hand; to hurl; to discharge; to emit.
- To germinate; to bud; to sprout.
- To grow; to advance.
- to shoot up rapidly
- (nautical) To move ahead by force of momentum, as a sailing vessel when the helm is put hard alee.
- To push or thrust forward; to project; to protrude; often with out.
- A plant shoots out a bud.
- The land shoots into a promontory.
- The emerging stem and embryonic leaves of a new plant.
- A photography session.
- A hunt or shooting competition.
- (professional wrestling, slang) An event that is unscripted or legitimate.
- The act of shooting; the discharge of a missile; a shot.
- A rush of water; a rapid.
- (mining) A vein of ore running in the same general direction as the lode.
- (weaving) A weft thread shot through the shed by the shuttle; a pick.
- A shoat; a young pig.
- An inclined plane, either artificial or natural, down which timber, coal, etc., are caused to slide; a chute.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
From Middle English shoten, from Old English scÄ“otan, from Proto-Germanic *skeutanÄ…, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keud-. Cognate with West Frisian sjitte, Low German scheten, Dutch schieten, German schieÃŸen, Danish skyde, Swedish skjuta; and also, through Indo-European, with Russian ÐºÐ¸Ð´Ð°Ñ‚ÑŒ (kidÃ¡t'), Albanian hedh (“to throw, toss") and Lithuanian skudrÃ¹s.
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