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[v. oh-ver-shoot; n. oh-ver-shoot] /v. ˌoʊ vərˈʃut; n. ˈoʊ vərˌʃut/
verb (used with object), overshot, overshooting.
to shoot or go over, beyond, or above; miss:
The missile overshot its target.
to pass or go by or beyond (a point, limit, etc.):
to overshoot a stop sign.
to shoot or pour down over:
turbulent water overshooting the top of the dam.
to overreach (oneself or itself); go further than is intended or proper; go too far:
It looked as though his self-confidence had overshot itself.
(of an aircraft or pilot) to fly too far along (a landing strip) in attempting to land.
verb (used without object), overshot, overshooting.
to fly or go beyond.
to shoot over or above a mark.
a shooting beyond a specified point or target:
two overshoots in the missile test series.
the amount of excessive distance in a trajectory or route:
a two-mile overshoot on the artillery range.
Origin of overshoot
1325-75; Middle English; see over-, shoot Unabridged
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Examples from the web for overshoot
  • Markets often overshoot, on both the upside and downside.
  • As in the financial markets, the political markets regularly overshoot in both directions.
  • Prices could return to their usual trend line, or they could overshoot, dipping even lower.
  • If you're going to undershoot or overshoot a runway, you'd rather not do it here.
  • But social, economic and cultural factors then cause this natural fertility decline to overshoot.
  • And, given the scale of excess supply, house prices are likely to overshoot.
  • After a big overshoot on the upside, share prices can undershoot by as much on the way down.
  • The next step in the chain of reasoning is to determine whether it's costlier to overshoot or undershoot.
  • But whatever the cause, it seems to mean fertility rates can overshoot downwards.
  • Yes, the dollar looks cheap, but currencies often overshoot.
British Dictionary definitions for overshoot


verb -shoots, -shooting, -shot
to shoot or go beyond (a mark or target)
to cause (an aircraft) to fly or taxi too far along (a runway) during landing or taking off, or (of an aircraft) to fly or taxi too far along a runway
(transitive) to pass swiftly over or down over, as water over a wheel
an act or instance of overshooting
the extent of such overshooting
a momentary excessive response of an electrical or mechanical system
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Word Origin and History for overshoot

mid-14c., "to shoot, run, or pass beyond (a point or limit)," over- + shoot (v.). Related: Overshot; overshooting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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overshoot in Medicine

overshoot o·ver·shoot (ō'vər-shōōt')
A change from steady state in response to a sudden change in some factor, as in electric potential or polarity when a cell or tissue is stimulated.

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