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[uhn-der-shoot, uhn-der-shoot] /ˌʌn dərˈʃut, ˈʌn dərˌʃut/
verb (used with object), undershot, undershooting.
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), undershot, undershooting.
to shoot or launch a projectile so as to strike under or short of a target.
Origin of undershoot
1655-65; under- + shoot1 Unabridged
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verb -shoots, -shooting, -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 undershoot

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
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undershoot in Medicine

undershoot un·der·shoot (ŭn'dər-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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