undershoot

[ uhn-der-shoot, uhn-der-shoot ]
/ ˌʌn dərˈʃut, ˈʌn dərˌʃut /

verb (used with object), un·der·shot, un·der·shoot·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), un·der·shot, un·der·shoot·ing.

to shoot or launch a projectile so as to strike under or short of a target.

Nearby words

  1. underserve,
  2. underset,
  3. undersexed,
  4. undersheriff,
  5. undershirt,
  6. undershorts,
  7. undershot,
  8. undershrub,
  9. underside,
  10. undersign

Origin of undershoot

First recorded in 1655–65; under- + shoot1

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British Dictionary definitions for undershoot

undershoot

/ (ˌʌndəˈʃuːt) /

verb -shoots, -shooting or -shot

(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 undershoot

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for undershoot

undershoot

[ ŭndər-shōōt′ ]

n.

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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