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

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Buyers stayed on the sidelines because a market that has overshot can always overshoot even further in the short run, but the bond yield wasn’t a reflection of the real risks to Italy. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "What to Make of Italy’s Astonishing Bond Moves," 30 May 2018 Economists say officials are worried their efforts have overshot, with some types of non bank credit even retracting. Chao Deng, WSJ, "Chinese Banks Rev Up Lending to Buoy Economy in U.S. Trade Fight," 11 Aug. 2018 Her friend set up a GoFundMe page in hopes of raising funds for the star, and fans pitched in a whopping $29,635, totally overshooting the page’s initial $10,000 goal. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Natalie Wood's sister Lana claims star was raped, reveals details of her sibling's final days," 31 July 2018 Previous research has suggested that the world can only emit another 200 billion to 400 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide before overshooting the target. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "World Has Only 20 Years to Meet Ambitious 1.5-Degree C Warming Threshold," 19 June 2018 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

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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 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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