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 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 November's figure overshot economists' expectations that about 180,000 new jobs would be added. Irina Ivanova, CBS News, "Hiring surged in November as autoworkers ended GM strike," 6 Dec. 2019 The plane was going too fast to return to LaGuardia, and would have likely overshot the runway without the engines working in reverse to slow the plane. Allen St. John, Popular Mechanics, "What Went Right: Revisiting Captain "Sully" Sullenberger and the Miracle on the Hudson," 15 Jan. 2019 Di Maio also suggested there would not be a safeguard clause that would trigger spending cuts in the event the deficit target was overshot, as Italian media had reported. Colleen Barry, The Seattle Times, "Italy’s doesn’t budge in clash with EU over budget deficit," 13 Nov. 2018 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 Early returns from public companies indicate that’s an overshot. Ben Casselman And Jim Tankersley, New York Times, "Tax Overhaul Gains Public Support, Buoying Republicans," 19 Feb. 2018 An equally convincing argument exists that the Pac-12 overshot (and over-priced?) its fan base by creating a seven-feed network without the distribution leverage provided by a major programming partner. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "College Hotline: Spring game attendance reflects the good and bad of the Pac-12’s TV deals," 11 May 2017 This means that the change in a prediction market price tells you how much each candidate overshot or undershot those expectations. Justin Wolfers, New York Times, "Prediction Markets Score the Debate a Rout: Clinton Over Trump," 27 Sep. 2016

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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 10 Jul. 2020.

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Medical Definition of overshot

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

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