shoot·​ing | \ ˈshü-tiŋ How to pronounce shooting (audio) \
plural shootings

Definition of shooting

1 : the act of shooting a gun But shooting is many a man's choice, especially up at the great hunting clubs like Choctaw Bluff…— Harriet de Rosišre
2 : an instance of gun violence directed toward a person or group of people a drive-by shooting mass shootings … a clutch of outspoken student activists flipped the national script on school shootings in America.— Dahlia Lithwick
3 : the act of photographing or filming someone or something A large fan specially designed to create the effect of wind during shooting.— Ira Konigsberg That part of filmmaking that comes immediately after the shooting is completed…— Ira Konigsberg

First Known Use of shooting

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of shooting was in the 13th century

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“Shooting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of shooting

: an occurrence in which a person is shot with a gun
: the activity or sport of killing wild animals with a gun
: the action of photographing or filming someone or something



Medical Definition of shooting

: characterized by sudden sharp piercing sensations shooting pains

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