[adj., n. oh-ver-shot; v. oh-ver-shot]
driven over the top of, as by water passing over from above.
having the upper jaw projecting beyond the lower, as a dog.
simple past tense and past participle of overshoot.
(in weaving) a pattern formed when filling threads are passed over several warp threads at a time.

1525–35; over- + shot1

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[v. oh-ver-shoot; n. oh-ver-shoot]
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.

1325–75; Middle English; see over-, shoot

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overshoot (ˌəʊvəˈʃuːt)
vb , -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.  (tr) to pass swiftly over or down over, as water over a wheel
4.  an act or instance of overshooting
5.  the extent of such overshooting
6.  a momentary excessive response of an electrical or mechanical system

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

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., "to shoot, run, or pass beyond (a point or limit)," over + shoot (v.). In ref. to water-wheels, the adj. overshot "driven by water shot over from above" is attested from 1530s.
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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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We're animals that vastly overshot our environment's carrying capacity, so
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Demand has overshot because borrowers have taken up the goods savers have
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On the return trip, the ants on stilts overshot the nest, while those with
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