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overshot

[adj., n. oh-ver-shot; v. oh-ver-shot] /adj., n. ˈoʊ vərˌʃɒt; v. ˌoʊ vərˈʃɒt/
adjective
1.
driven over the top of, as by water passing over from above.
2.
having the upper jaw projecting beyond the lower, as a dog.
verb
3.
simple past tense and past participle of overshoot.
noun
4.
(in weaving) a pattern formed when filling threads are passed over several warp threads at a time.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35; over- + shot1

overshoot

[v. oh-ver-shoot; n. oh-ver-shoot] /v. ˌoʊ vərˈʃut; n. ˈoʊ vərˌʃut/
verb (used with object), overshot, overshooting.
1.
to shoot or go over, beyond, or above; miss:
The missile overshot its target.
2.
to pass or go by or beyond (a point, limit, etc.):
to overshoot a stop sign.
3.
to shoot or pour down over:
turbulent water overshooting the top of the dam.
4.
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.
5.
(of an aircraft or pilot) to fly too far along (a landing strip) in attempting to land.
verb (used without object), overshot, overshooting.
6.
to fly or go beyond.
7.
to shoot over or above a mark.
noun
8.
a shooting beyond a specified point or target:
two overshoots in the missile test series.
9.
the amount of excessive distance in a trajectory or route:
a two-mile overshoot on the artillery range.
Origin
1325-75; Middle English; see over-, shoot
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  • He only wanted to go back in time a couple of hours, but somehow he overshot his intended time by about eight centuries.
  • They overshot on the upside and now they are going to overshoot on the downside.
  • The bomber had overshot them and was now to the east, moving away.
  • Impact from high-velocity boulders removed trees where the avalanche overshot the channel bank.
British Dictionary definitions for overshot

overshot

/ˈəʊvəˌʃɒt/
adjective
1.
having or designating an upper jaw that projects beyond the lower jaw, esp when considered as an abnormality
2.
(of a water wheel) driven by a flow of water that passes over the wheel rather than under it Compare undershot

overshoot

/ˌəʊvəˈʃuːt/
verb -shoots, -shooting, -shot
1.
to shoot or go beyond (a mark or target)
2.
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
3.
(transitive) to pass swiftly over or down over, as water over a wheel
noun
4.
an act or instance of overshooting
5.
the extent of such overshooting
6.
a momentary excessive response of an electrical or mechanical system
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Word Origin and History for overshot
adj.

1530s, in reference to water-wheels, "driven by water shot over from above," past participle adjective from overshoot.

overshoot

v.

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

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overshot in Medicine

overshoot o·ver·shoot (ō'vər-shōōt')
n.
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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Slang definitions & phrases for overshot

overshot

adjective

Drunk (1605+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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