[ uhn-der-shot; for 3 also uhn-der-shot ]
/ ˈʌn dərˌʃɒt; for 3 also ˌʌn dərˈʃɒt /


having the front teeth of the lower jaw projecting in front of the upper teeth, as a bulldog.
driven by water passing beneath: an undershot vertical water wheel.


simple past tense and past participle of undershoot.

Nearby words

  1. undersexed,
  2. undersheriff,
  3. undershirt,
  4. undershoot,
  5. undershorts,
  6. undershrub,
  7. underside,
  8. undersign,
  9. undersigned,
  10. undersize

Origin of undershot

First recorded in 1600–10; under- + shot2


[ 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.

Origin of undershoot

First recorded in 1655–65; under- + shoot1

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British Dictionary definitions for undershot


/ (ˈʌndəˌʃɒt) /


(of the lower jaw) projecting beyond the upper jaw; underhung
(of a water wheel) driven by a flow of water that passes under the wheel rather than over itSee overshot


/ (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 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for undershot


[ ŭndər-shōōt′ ]


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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