verb \ˈshüt\
shot \ˈshät\ shoot·ing

Definition of SHOOT

transitive verb
a (1) :  to eject or impel or cause to be ejected or impelled by a sudden release of tension (as of a bowstring or slingshot or by a flick of a finger) <shoot an arrow> <shoot a spitball> <shoot a marble> (2) :  to drive forth or cause to be driven forth by an explosion (as of a powder charge in a firearm or of ignited fuel in a rocket) (3) :  to drive forth or cause to be driven forth by a sudden release of gas or air <shoot darts from a blowgun> <a steam catapult shoots planes from a carrier> (4) :  to propel (as a ball or puck) toward a goal by striking or pushing with part of the body (as the hand or foot) or with an implement; also :  to score by so doing <shoot the winning goal> <shoot a basket> (5) :  to throw or cast off or out often with force <shoot dice> <the horse shot his rider out of the saddle>
b :  to cause (as a gun or bow) to propel a missile
c (1) :  to utter (as words or sounds) rapidly or suddenly or with force <shoot out a stream of invective>
(2) :  to emit (as light, flame, or fumes) suddenly and rapidly (3) :  to send forth with suddenness or intensity <shot a look of anger at them>
d :  to discharge, dump, or empty especially by overturning, upending, or directing into a slide
:  to affect by shooting: as
a :  to strike with a missile especially from a bow or gun; especially :  to wound or kill with a missile discharged from a bow or firearm
b :  to remove or destroy by use of firearms <shot out the light>; also :  wreck, explode
a :  to push or slide (as the bolt of a door or lock) into or out of a fastening
b :  to push or thrust forward :  stick out <toads shooting out their tongues>
c :  to put forth in growing
d :  to place, send, or bring into position abruptly
a (1) :  to engage in (a sport or game or a portion of a game that involves shooting) :  play <shoot pool> <shoot a round of golf> <shoot craps> (2) :  to achieve (a particular score) in a game that involves shooting <shoot 80 in golf>
b (1) :  to place or offer (a bet) on the result of casting dice <shoot $5>
(2) :  to use up by or as if by betting :  exhaust <shot his annual bonus on a shady deal>
a :  to engage in the hunting and killing of (as game) with firearms especially as a sport <shoot woodcock>
b :  to hunt over <shoot a tract of woodland>
a :  to cause to move suddenly or swiftly forward <shot the car onto the highway>
b :  to send or carry quickly :  dispatch <shoot the letter on to me as soon as you receive it>
:  to variegate as if by sprinkling color in streaks, flecks, or patches
:  to pass swiftly by, past, or along <shooting rapids>
:  to plane (as the edge of a board) straight or true
a :  set off, detonate, ignite <shoot a charge of dynamite>
b :  to effect by blasting
:  to determine the altitude of
:  to take a picture or series of pictures or television images of :  photograph, film
a :  to give an injection to
b :  to inject (an illicit drug) especially into the bloodstream
intransitive verb
a :  to go or pass rapidly and precipitately <sparks shooting all over> <his feet shot out from under him>
b :  to move ahead by force of momentum
c :  to stream out suddenly :  spurt
d :  to dart in or as if in rays from a source of light
e :  to dart with a piercing sensation <pain shot up my arm>
a :  to cause an engine or weapon to discharge a missile
b :  to use a firearm or bow especially for sport (as in hunting)
:  to propel a missile <guns that shoot many miles>
a :  to grow or sprout by or as if by putting forth shoots
b :  develop, mature
c :  to spring or rise rapidly or suddenly —often used with up <in a burst of growth he shot up to six feet tall> <prices shot up>
a :  to propel an object (as a ball) in a particular way
b :  to drive the ball or puck toward a goal
:  to cast dice
:  to slide into or out of a fastening <a bolt that shoots in either direction>
:  to record something (as on film or videotape) with a camera
:  to begin to speak —usually used as an imperative <OK, shoot, what do you have to say>
shoot at or shoot for
:  to aim at :  strive for
shoot from the hip
:  to act or speak hastily without consideration of the consequences
shoot one's bolt
:  to exhaust one's capabilities and resources
shoot one's cuffs
:  to tug one's shirt cuffs below those of one's coat
shoot oneself in the foot
:  to act against one's own best interests
shoot the breeze
:  to converse idly :  gossip
shoot the shit
usually vulgar
:  to shoot the breeze
shoot the works
:  to venture all one's capital on one play
:  to put forth all one's efforts

Examples of SHOOT

  1. Does this gun shoot accurately?
  2. He shot at the deer.
  3. The enemy was shooting at the rescue helicopter.
  4. She shot the arrow into the air.
  5. I tried shooting a gun for the first time.
  6. He shot a spitball into the girl's hair.
  7. a stunt in which she was shot from a cannon
  8. He shot two deer this hunting season.
  9. The police shot the suspect in the leg.
  10. She accidentally shot herself in the foot.

Origin of SHOOT

Middle English sheten, shoten, shuten, from Old English scēotan; akin to Old Norse skjōta to shoot
First Known Use: before 12th century



: the part of a new plant that is just beginning to grow above the ground

: a new branch and its leaves on an established plant

: an occasion when a movie, television show, etc., is being filmed

Full Definition of SHOOT

:  a sending out of new growth or the growth sent out: as
a :  a stem or branch with its leaves and appendages especially when not yet mature
b :  offshoot
a :  an act of shooting (as with a bow or a firearm): (1) :  shot (2) :  the firing of a missile especially by artillery
b (1) :  a hunting trip or party
(2) :  the right to shoot game in a particular area or land over which it is held
c (1) :  a shooting match <skeet shoot>
(2) :  a round of shots in a shooting match
d :  the action or an instance of shooting with a camera :  a session or a series of sessions of photographing or filming <a movie shoot>
a :  a motion or movement of rapid thrusting: as (1) :  a sudden or rapid advance (2) :  a momentary darting sensation :  twinge (3) :  thrust 2b (4) :  the pace between strokes in rowing
b :  a bar of rays :  beam <a shoot of sunlight>
[probably by folk etymology from French chute — more at chute]
a :  a rush of water down a steep or rapid
b :  a place where a stream runs or descends swiftly

Examples of SHOOT

  1. Small green shoots grew from the base of the tree.
  2. She is currently on a movie shoot in London.

Origin of SHOOT

Middle English schot, schote projectile, new growth, in part from shoten, verb, in part from Old English sceot shot
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Pictures (on film) Terms

daguerreotype, emulsion, fill, sepia, still, stop



—used to show that you are annoyed or surprised

Full Definition of SHOOT

—used to express annoyance or surprise

Origin of SHOOT

euphemism for shit
First Known Use: 1876


transitive verb \ˈshüt\   (Medical Dictionary)
shot \ˈshät\ shoot·ing

Medical Definition of SHOOT

:  to give an injection to
:  to take or administer (as a drug) by hypodermic needle


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