[verb oh-ver-shoot; noun oh-ver-shoot]
- to shoot or go over, beyond, or above; miss: The missile overshot its target.
- to pass or go by or beyond (a point, limit, etc.): to overshoot a stop sign.
- to shoot or pour down over: turbulent water overshooting the top of the dam.
- to overreach (oneself or itself); go further than is intended or proper; go too far: It looked as though his self-confidence had overshot itself.
- (of an aircraft or pilot) to fly too far along (a landing strip) in attempting to land.
- to fly or go beyond.
- to shoot over or above a mark.
- a shooting beyond a specified point or target: two overshoots in the missile test series.
- the amount of excessive distance in a trajectory or route: a two-mile overshoot on the artillery range.
Origin of overshoot
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Examples from the Web for overshoot
For an instant he had a quick fear that he might overshoot his mark.Pirates of the Gorm
All was well as yet, but he didn't want to overshoot the mark.Love and Lucy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
The door in the Overshoot's side opened and they got out quickly.
"Heads for Overshoot," he said, and caught the coin on the back of his left hand.
By standing on he was afraid that, should a passage exist, he might overshoot it.Notable Voyagers
W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
- to shoot or go beyond (a mark or target)
- to cause (an aircraft) to fly or taxi too far along (a runway) during landing or taking off, or (of an aircraft) to fly or taxi too far along a runway
- (tr) to pass swiftly over or down over, as water over a wheel
- an act or instance of overshooting
- the extent of such overshooting
- a momentary excessive response of an electrical or mechanical system
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Word Origin and History for overshoot
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A change from steady state in response to a sudden change in some factor, as in electric potential or polarity when a cell or tissue is stimulated.
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