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, "Review: Think you know Sylvia Plath? Read this definitive new biography," 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, "The Royal Family Is Sharing Support for 99-Year-Old Captain Tom Moore's Fundraiser for the NHS," 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, "The Overvalued Dollar and the World Deflationary Malaise," 13 July 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Still, other scientists believe that Britain overshot the available evidence, potentially leaving older people and health-care workers without the full protection of two vaccine doses amid dreadful wintertime surges. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "U.K. Approves Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccine, and Tightens Lockdown," 30 Dec. 2020 That thing might have overshot a punter lined up seven or eight yards deeper. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "A few extra notes, observations from Alabama’s 60-point blowout of UK," 22 Nov. 2020 Quarterback Joe Milton missed numerous open throws and overshot Ronnie Bell on what would've been an easy touchdown. Orion Sang, USA TODAY, "Wheels come off for No. 25 Michigan in loss at No. 13 Indiana," 7 Nov. 2020 Quarterback Joe Milton missed numerous open throws and overshot Ronnie Bell on what would've been an easy touchdown. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Wheels come off for Michigan football in blowout loss at Indiana, 38-21," 7 Nov. 2020 Kumar noted that some models, such as the one from the University of Washington, had overshot on some of its estimates for Connecticut during the initial spring surge. Alex Putterman, courant.com, "‘A tough winter:’ Connecticut’s second COVID-19 surge be nearly as nearly bad as its first, experts warn; thousands more deaths possible," 30 Oct. 2020 Pretty much every major RTX 2000-series card overshot with proprietary promises instead of offering brute force worth its inflated costs. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Nvidia RTX 3070 review: AMD’s stopwatch just started ticking a lot louder," 27 Oct. 2020 Surging investments in the hot area overshot demand, as sometimes happens in business. Collin Eaton And Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "Firms Like Dow Bet Billions on Plastics. Now There’s a Glut.," 15 Oct. 2020 But whatever the dynamic, scientists and health officials are starting to wonder whether early prognostications about herd immunity overshot the mark. Washington Post, "In the Brazilian Amazon, the retreat of the coronavirus sparks questions over immunity," 24 Aug. 2020

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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 Feb. 2021.

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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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