[uhn-der-shot; for 3 also uhn-der-shot]
- having the front teeth of the lower jaw projecting in front of the upper teeth, as a bulldog.
- driven by water passing beneath: an undershot vertical water wheel.
- simple past tense and past participle of undershoot.
Origin of undershot
- to shoot or launch a projectile that strikes under or short of (a target).
- Aeronautics. (of an aircraft or pilot) to land before reaching (a landing strip) because of a too rapid loss of altitude.
- to shoot or launch a projectile so as to strike under or short of a target.
Origin of undershoot
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Examples from the Web for undershot
“He undershot, yet as I was bending close to it he would have bagged me,” I said.A Virginia Scout
The rest of the work is the same as for the undershot wheel.Woodworking for Beginners
Charles Gardner Wheeler
Undershot wheel, and it looks like it could be raised or lowered.
Undershot wheel, and it looks as though it could be raised or lowered.
With this undershot wheel, the shoot represented in the plate is not required.Toy-Making in School and Home
Ruby Kathleen Polkinghorne and Mabel Irene Rutherford Polkinghorne
- (of the lower jaw) projecting beyond the upper jaw; underhung
- (of a water wheel) driven by a flow of water that passes under the wheel rather than over itSee overshot
- (of a pilot) to cause (an aircraft) to land short of (a runway) or (of an aircraft) to land in this way
- to shoot a projectile so that it falls short of (a target)
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Word Origin and History for undershot
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A temporary decrease below the final steady-state value that may occur immediately following the removal of an influence that had been raising that value.
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