over·​shot | \ ˈō-vər-ˌshät How to pronounce overshot (audio) \

Definition of overshot

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : actuated by the weight of water passing over and flowing from above an overshot waterwheel
2a : having the upper jaw extending beyond the lower
b : projecting beyond the lower jaw



Definition of overshot (Entry 2 of 2)

: a pattern or weave featuring filling threads which pass two or more warp yarns before reentering the fabric

Examples of overshot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Sylvia Plath long ago reached, even overshot, iconic status. Jessica Ferri, Los Angeles Times, 29 Oct. 2020 His initial goal was to raise £1,000, but the overachieving nonagenarian overshot things a little, finishing his 100 laps two weeks early on April 16, and raising, as of this writing, almost £19 million. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 17 Apr. 2020 The tight-money blunder of 2008 squashed incipient inflation but wildly overshot and has left the U.S. dollar overvalued and tending to soar. Sean Rushton, National Review, 13 July 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That’s especially true when inflation has overshot forecasts for four months in a row, swallowing wage growth. Fortune, 13 Mar. 2022 Time and time again governments have tried to get back to normal and have overshot that runway by opening up too early. Helen Branswell, STAT, 4 Jan. 2022 Yet for all the enjoyably detailed work, the play remains stubbornly tiny, as if Stephens, aiming small, overshot. New York Times, 3 Nov. 2021 The Wildcats set up a screen pass to the left side, but McCloud overshot Drake Anderson. Michael Lev, The Arizona Republic, 25 Sep. 2021 Coan took a deep shot toward the end zone but overshot Braden Lenzy. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 25 Sep. 2021 On the second play of the game, Jackson overshot Marquise Brown on a potential 73-yard touchdown. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, 20 Sep. 2021 The crash at the airport in Kozhikode was India's worst passenger aircraft accident since 2010, when another Air India Express flight from Dubai overshot a table-top runway in Mangalore, a city in the south, and slid down a hill, killing 158 people. Reuters, CNN, 12 Sep. 2021 Stallings was alone in the lead when play resumed, but his second shot on the 18th found the water, and his follow-up overshot the green. Brian Hall, Star Tribune, 22 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of overshot


circa 1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1945, in the meaning defined above

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“Overshot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overshot. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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over·​shot | \ ˈō-vər-ˌshät How to pronounce overshot (audio) \

Medical Definition of overshot

1 : having the upper jaw extending beyond the lower
2 : projecting beyond the lower jaw


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