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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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 After completing his first six passes of the night, Nix overshot Eli Stove on a deep ball downfield on the Tigers’ final drive of the first half. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "Auburn quarterback Bo Nix in pursuit of the ‘perfect game’," 19 Sep. 2019 But testers hated overshooting a destination and then turning around, into the wind, at one-fourth the speed. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Gears of War 5 hands-on: A new blockbuster for the game-subscription era," 30 Aug. 2019 China watchers say the worry is its efforts have overshot. Chao Deng, WSJ, "China Seeks Economic Boost as Trade Spat Grows," 26 July 2018 But that usually occurs in a different fashion: Miners tend to experience outsize losses when the gold price is falling and typically overshoot when prices rally. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Lagging Miners Send Bearish Signal for Gold," 28 Mar. 2018 The film’s performance overshot expectations and — along with The Lion King — suggests Disney’s live-action reboot strategy is working even if fans of the originals gripe. James Hibberd, EW.com, "The 17 biggest summer box office winners and losers of 2019," 14 Aug. 2019 When the footprint of consumption worldwide exceeds biocapacity, the authors assert that humans are overshooting, or exceeding the regenerative capacity of Earth’s ecosystems. Robert B. Richardson, The Conversation, "Resource depletion is a serious problem, but ‘footprint’ estimates don’t tell us much about it," 24 July 2019 Heath pulled off his hat, ruffled his hair and spun around as Mao, an 18-year-old from John’s Creek, Ga., overshot a birdie putt by just inches. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "Jack Heath wins Boys Junior PGA Championship with record-breaking score, clutch putt on 18; Milford’s James top local finisher," 2 Aug. 2019 Investors tend to overshoot in such selloffs, and the premium of Pemex bond yields over comparable government bonds could surge another half-percentage-point, Mr. Ollom wrote in the report. Matt Wirz, WSJ, "Mexico’s Pemex at Risk of Being Downgraded by Two Ratings Firms," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of overshoot

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Nov 2019

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“Overshoot.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overshooting. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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