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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.
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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