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[uhn-der-shot; for 3 also uhn-der-shot]
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  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.
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  1. simple past tense and past participle of undershoot.
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Origin of undershot

First recorded in 1600–10; under- + shot2


[uhn-der-shoot, uhn-der-shoot]
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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Examples from the Web for undershot

Historical Examples

  • “He undershot, yet as I was bending close to it he would have bagged me,” I said.

    A Virginia Scout

    Hugh Pendexter

  • 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.

    The Return

    H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire

  • Undershot wheel, and it looks as though it could be raised or lowered.

    The Return

    H. Beam Piper and John J. McGuire

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for undershot


  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 itSee overshot
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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 undershot



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

undershot in Medicine


  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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