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Definition of Shoot


  1. An inclined plane, either artificial or natural, down which timber, coal, etc., are caused to slide; also, a narrow passage, either natural or artificial, in a stream, where the water rushes rapidly; esp., a channel, having a swift current, connecting the ends of a bend in the stream, so as to shorten the course.
  2. To let fly, or cause to be driven, with force, as an arrow or a bullet; -- followed by a word denoting the missile, as an object.
  3. To discharge, causing a missile to be driven forth; -- followed by a word denoting the weapon or instrument, as an object; -- often with off; as, to shoot a gun.
  4. To strike with anything shot; to hit with a missile; often, to kill or wound with a firearm; -- followed by a word denoting the person or thing hit, as an object.
  5. To send out or forth, especially with a rapid or sudden motion; to cast with the hand; to hurl; to discharge; to emit.
  6. To push or thrust forward; to project; to protrude; -- often with out; as, a plant shoots out a bud.
  7. To plane straight; to fit by planing.
  8. To pass rapidly through, over, or under; as, to shoot a rapid or a bridge; to shoot a sand bar.
  9. To variegate as if by sprinkling or intermingling; to color in spots or patches.
  10. To cause an engine or weapon to discharge a missile; -- said of a person or an agent; as, they shot at a target; he shoots better than he rides.
  11. To discharge a missile; -- said of an engine or instrument; as, the gun shoots well.
  12. To be shot or propelled forcibly; -- said of a missile; to be emitted or driven; to move or extend swiftly, as if propelled; as, a shooting star.
  13. To penetrate, as a missile; to dart with a piercing sensation; as, shooting pains.
  14. To feel a quick, darting pain; to throb in pain.
  15. To germinate; to bud; to sprout.
  16. To grow; to advance; as, to shoot up rapidly.
  17. To change form suddenly; especially, to solidify.
  18. To protrude; to jut; to project; to extend; as, the land shoots into a promontory.
  19. To move ahead by force of momentum, as a sailing vessel when the helm is put hard alee.
  20. The act of shooting; the discharge of a missile; a shot; as, the shoot of a shuttle.
  21. A young branch or growth.
  22. A rush of water; a rapid.
  23. A vein of ore running in the same general direction as the lode.
  24. A weft thread shot through the shed by the shuttle; a pick.
  25. A shoat; a young hog.

Shoot Quotations

It was my duty to shoot the enemy, and I don't regret it. My regrets are for the people I couldn't save: Marines, soldiers, buddies. I'm not naive, and I don't romanticize war. The worst moments of my life have come as a SEAL. But I can stand before God with a clear conscience about doing my job.
Chris Kyle

Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you're a director. Everything after that you're just negotiating your budget and your fee.
James Cameron

Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars.
Les Brown

I am just pitifully nostalgic. I can't help but roll my eyes at myself frequently. I mean, I still shoot black-and-white film. And I am constantly reminiscing about the 'good old days.' I'm 28 years old. There haven't even been that many 'good old days.' But still, I love to look back.
Chris Lowell

It's far better to shoot a good picture than a good-looking picture.
Robert Richardson
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Shoot Translations

shoot in Danish is skyde
shoot in Dutch is paffen, schieten, vuren
shoot in French is larguer, tirent, tirer, tirons, tirez
shoot in Italian is sparare
shoot in Latin is suboles, surculus
shoot in Portuguese is tiro
shoot in Spanish is disparar
shoot in Swedish is arkebusera, jakt, fotografera, filma, skjuta
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