over·​shoot | \ ˌō-vər-ˈshüt How to pronounce overshoot (audio) \
overshot\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈshät How to pronounce overshoot (audio) \; overshooting

Definition of overshoot

transitive verb

1 : to pass swiftly beyond
2 : to shoot or pass over or beyond so as to miss

Other Words from overshoot

overshoot \ ˈō-​vər-​ˌshüt How to pronounce overshoot (audio) \ noun

Examples of overshoot in a Sentence

The plane overshot the runway. Sometimes we overshoot our time limits.
Recent Examples on the Web Now the pendulum has swung the other way, with fears that policymakers will overshoot in tackling rising prices. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 May 2022 How much do the pathways overshoot their temperature target? David Carlin, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 Between the big discs and the wing air brake, the Spider felt capable of Looney Tunes Road Runner stops, sliding right to the edge of the cliff while watching Wile E. overshoot it and frantically backpedal. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 18 May 2022 And even government pledges on reducing emissions, made in the run up to last year’s U.N. climate summit and have yet to be fully enacted, would overshoot the 1.5°C target, the IPCC said. Ciara Nugent, Time, 4 Apr. 2022 The timing and power needed to push Webb into orbit were so important, that Richon said putting too much speed behind the rocket could have caused Webb to overshoot its orbit. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 25 Jan. 2022 Getting into that orbit requires moving outside the plane defined by the Earth's orbit around the Sun, and arriving at shallow angle so that the Webb doesn't overshoot its target. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 29 Dec. 2021 Money managers also want to know how willing the central bank is to let inflation overshoot its 2 percent goal. The Week Staff, The Week, 14 July 2021 Having been made aware that an attack was likely, the residents of the town elevated their lanterns on trees, causing the British to overshoot and miss their targets. Chloe Schama, Vogue, 16 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of overshoot

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Overshoot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overshoot. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for overshoot


over·​shoot | \ ˌō-vər-ˈshüt How to pronounce overshoot (audio) \
overshot\ -​ˈshät \; overshooting

Kids Definition of overshoot

: to miss by going beyond


over·​shoot | \ ˈō-vər-ˌshüt How to pronounce overshoot (audio) \

Medical Definition of overshoot

: a rapid change in electrical potential and reversal of polarity that occurs during an action potential when a cell or tissue is stimulated

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