over·​shoot | \ˌō-vər-ˈshüt \
overshot\ ˌō-​vər-​ˈshät \; overshooting

Definition of overshoot 

transitive verb

1 : to pass swiftly beyond

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

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Other Words from overshoot

overshoot \ ˈō-​vər-​ˌshüt \ noun

Examples of overshoot in a Sentence

The plane overshot the runway. Sometimes we overshoot our time limits.

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Some models would say that unemployment has overshot by a whole percentage point by now. WSJ, "Transcript: WSJ Interview With Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic," 30 Mar. 2018 Krishna Guha, an analyst at Evercore ISI, noted that the growth impulse from federal tax cuts and spending increases in 2018 will end around 2020, just as the Fed has pushed rates over 3% to keep inflation from overshooting. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Fed’s Mission Improbable: Lift Unemployment—but Avoid Recession," 22 Mar. 2018 Faced with an economy at or close to full capacity, the Fed can shift to worrying about inflation overshooting rather than undershooting, lifting rates above core inflation for the first time since 2009. WSJ, "No Need for a Tantrum Yet; The Fed Is Just Treading Water," 18 June 2018 This panacea-like image has raised questions about whether the hype has overshot the technology’s current capabilities. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Steven Cohen's Venture Capital Firm Gets Into Crypto With New Partner," 12 July 2018 Another Air India flight from Dubai to Mangalore overshot the runway on landing and fell over a cliff and caught fire in May 2010. Rajanish Kakade, Fox News, "Private plane crashes in crowded Mumbai area; 5 people dead," 28 June 2018 Some raised the possibility the Fed could overshoot the mark and raise rates too high, which could trigger an economic downturn. David Harrison, WSJ, "WSJ Survey: Fed Will Move to Rein In the Economy," 7 June 2018 In 2010, an Air India plane carrying 166 people from Dubai to Mangalore, a coastal city in southern India, overshot the runway while trying to land, plunged into a valley and caught fire. New York Times, "Chartered Plane Crashes in Mumbai, Killing at Least 5," 28 June 2018 Three other Balboa Peninsula projects have overshot estimates by $100,000 to $1.5 million. Hillary Davis, latimes.com, "Higher-than-expected bids prolong process of putting Newport utility lines underground," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of overshoot

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of overshoot

: to go over or beyond (something)


over·​shoot | \ˌō-vər-ˈshüt \
overshot\ -​ˈshät \; overshooting

Kids Definition of overshoot

: to miss by going beyond


over·​shoot | \ˈō-vər-ˌshüt \

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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