overshoot

[verb oh-ver-shoot; noun oh-ver-shoot]

verb (used with object), o·ver·shot, o·ver·shoot·ing.

verb (used without object), o·ver·shot, o·ver·shoot·ing.

to fly or go beyond.
to shoot over or above a mark.

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. overshadow,
  2. overshare,
  3. overshine,
  4. overshirt,
  5. overshoe,
  6. overshot,
  7. overshot wheel,
  8. overside,
  9. oversight,
  10. oversimplification

Origin of overshoot

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at over-, shoot1

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British Dictionary definitions for overshoot

overshoot

verb -shoots, -shooting or -shot

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

noun

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

overshoot

v.

mid-14c., "to shoot, run, or pass beyond (a point or limit)," over- + shoot (v.). Related: Overshot; overshooting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for overshoot

overshoot

vər-shōōt′]

n.

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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