[ uhn-der-shot; for 3 also uhn-der-shot ]

  1. having the front teeth of the lower jaw projecting in front of the upper teeth, as a bulldog.

  2. driven by water passing beneath: an undershot vertical water wheel.

  1. simple past tense and past participle of undershoot.

Origin of undershot

First recorded in 1600–10; under- + shot2

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British Dictionary definitions for undershot


/ (ˈʌndəˌʃɒt) /

  1. (of the lower jaw) projecting beyond the upper jaw; underhung

  2. (of a water wheel) driven by a flow of water that passes under the wheel rather than over it: See overshot

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