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undershoot

[uhn-der-shoot, uhn-der-shoot]
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verb (used with object), un·der·shot, un·der·shoot·ing.
  1. to shoot or launch a projectile that strikes under or short of (a target).
  2. Aeronautics. (of an aircraft or pilot) to land before reaching (a landing strip) because of a too rapid loss of altitude.
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verb (used without object), un·der·shot, un·der·shoot·ing.
  1. to shoot or launch a projectile so as to strike under or short of a target.
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Origin of undershoot

First recorded in 1655–65; under- + shoot1
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British Dictionary definitions for under-shooting

undershoot

verb -shoots, -shooting or -shot
  1. (of a pilot) to cause (an aircraft) to land short of (a runway) or (of an aircraft) to land in this way
  2. to shoot a projectile so that it falls short of (a target)
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Word Origin and History for under-shooting

undershoot

v.

1660s, "to shoot too low," from under + shoot (v.). In reference to aircraft or pilots, recorded from 1918. Undershot as a type of water wheel is recorded from c.1600.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

under-shooting in Medicine

undershoot

(ŭndər-shōōt′)
n.
  1. 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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