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undershot

[uhn-der-shot; for 3 also uhn-der-shot] /ˈʌn dərˌʃɒt; for 3 also ˌʌn dərˈʃɒt/
adjective
1.
having the front teeth of the lower jaw projecting in front of the upper teeth, as a bulldog.
2.
driven by water passing beneath:
an undershot vertical water wheel.
verb
3.
simple past tense and past participle of undershoot.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; under- + shot2

undershoot

[uhn-der-shoot, uhn-der-shoot] /ˌʌn dərˈʃut, ˈʌn dərˌʃut/
verb (used with object), undershot, undershooting.
1.
to shoot or launch a projectile that strikes under or short of (a target).
2.
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.
3.
to shoot or launch a projectile so as to strike under or short of a target.
Origin
1655-65; under- + shoot
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Examples from the web for undershot
  • If the desired landing spot is being undershot, shallow the approach by increasing power and pitch to readjust the descent angle.
  • Dogs will have normal dental occlusion, not overshot or undershot jaws.
  • The gate separating the two pools can be either an overflow gate or an undershot gate.
  • Another type, the undershot wheel, turns because of water pushed up against the wheel bottom.
British Dictionary definitions for undershot

undershot

/ˈʌndəˌʃɒt/
adjective
1.
(of the lower jaw) projecting beyond the upper jaw; underhung
2.
(of a water wheel) driven by a flow of water that passes under the wheel rather than over it See overshot

undershoot

/ˌʌndəˈʃuːt/
verb -shoots, -shooting, -shot
1.
(of a pilot) to cause (an aircraft) to land short of (a runway) or (of an aircraft) to land in this way
2.
to shoot a projectile so that it falls short of (a target)
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Word Origin and History for undershot

undershoot

v.

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.

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undershot in Medicine

undershoot un·der·shoot (ŭn'dər-shōōt')
n.
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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