Definitions for shootʃut

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

shootʃut(v.; n.)shot, shoot•ing

  1. (v.t.)to hit, wound, damage, kill, or destroy with a missile discharged from a weapon.

  2. to send forth or discharge (a missile) from a weapon.

  3. to discharge (a weapon).

  4. to send forth (questions, ideas, etc.) rapidly.

  5. to fling; propel:

    The volcano shot lava high into the air.

  6. to direct suddenly or swiftly:

    He shot a smile at his wife.

  7. to move suddenly; send swiftly along.

  8. to go over (country) in hunting game.

  9. to pass rapidly through, over, down, etc.:

    to shoot the rapids.

  10. to emit (a ray or rays, as of light) suddenly, briefly, or intermittently.

  11. to variegate by threads, streaks, etc., of another color.

  12. to cause to extend or project (often fol. by out):

    He shot out his arm.

  13. to put forth (buds, branches, etc.).

    Category: Botany

  14. to slide (a bolt or the like) into or out of its fastening.

    Category: Building Trades

  15. to pull (one's cuffs) abruptly toward one's hands.

  16. to take the altitude of (a heavenly body).

    Category: Surveying

  17. to detonate; cause to explode.

  18. to take a picture of; photograph or film.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  19. (v.i.)to send forth missiles from a bow, firearm, or the like.

  20. to be discharged, as a firearm.

  21. to hunt with a gun for sport.

  22. to move or pass suddenly or swiftly:

    The car shot ahead and out of sight.

  23. to put forth buds or shoots, as a plant; germinate.

    Category: Botany

  24. to take a photograph.

    Category: Photography

  25. to film or begin to film a scene or movie.

    Category: Showbiz

  26. to extend; jut:

    a cape shooting out into the sea.

  27. to propel a ball, puck, etc., toward a goal or in a particular way.

    Category: Sport

  28. to flow through the body:

    Pain shot through his arm.

  29. to carry by force of discharge or momentum:

    The missile shot thousands of miles into space.

  30. Informal. to begin to talk.

    Category: Informal

  31. shoot down, to cause to fall by hitting with a shot. to disparage, reject, or expose as false or inadequate.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Verb Phrase

  32. shoot for or at, to attempt to obtain or accomplish.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  33. shoot up, to grow rapidly or suddenly. to damage or harass by reckless shooting. to wound by shooting. Slang. to inject a narcotic drug intravenously.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  34. (n.)the act of shooting with a bow, firearm, etc.

  35. a shooting expedition or contest.

    Category: British

  36. a growing or sprouting, as of a plant.

    Category: Botany

  37. a new or young growth that shoots off from some portion of a plant.

    Category: Botany

  38. a sprout that is not three feet high.

    Category: Botany

  39. a chute.

  40. the launching of a missile.

    Category: Rocketry

  41. a photographic assignment or session, as for a feature film or a television commercial.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Showbiz, Informal, Photography

  42. Rowing. the interval between strokes.

    Category: Sport

  43. a narrow vein of ore.

    Category: Mining

Idioms for shoot:

  1. shoot from the hip, act or speak without due consideration or deliberation.

    Category: Idiom

  2. shoot off one's mouth or face, Slang. to talk indiscreetly, make thoughtless remarks, etc. to exaggerate; brag.

    Category: Idiom

  3. shoot one's wad or bolt, Informal. to spend all one's money. Also,shoot the spend and exhaust all one's energies or resources.

    Category: Idiom

  4. shoot the breeze or bull, chat aimlessly.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of shoot:

bef. 900; ME shoten (v.), OE scēotan, c. OFris skiata, OHG sciozzan, ON skjōta; akin to shot1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. shoot(noun)

    a new branch

  2. shoot(verb)

    the act of shooting at targets

    "they hold a shoot every weekend during the summer"

  3. shoot, hit, pip(verb)

    hit with a missile from a weapon

  4. shoot, pip(verb)

    kill by firing a missile

  5. blast, shoot(verb)

    fire a shot

    "the gunman blasted away"

  6. film, shoot, take(verb)

    make a film or photograph of something

    "take a scene"; "shoot a movie"

  7. shoot(verb)

    send forth suddenly, intensely, swiftly

    "shoot a glance"

  8. dart, dash, scoot, scud, flash, shoot(verb)

    run or move very quickly or hastily

    "She dashed into the yard"

  9. tear, shoot, shoot down, charge, buck(verb)

    move quickly and violently

    "The car tore down the street"; "He came charging into my office"

  10. shoot(verb)

    throw or propel in a specific direction or towards a specific objective

    "shoot craps"; "shoot a golf ball"

  11. photograph, snap, shoot(verb)

    record on photographic film

    "I photographed the scene of the accident"; "She snapped a picture of the President"

  12. shoot(verb)

    emit (as light, flame, or fumes) suddenly and forcefully

    "The dragon shot fumes and flames out of its mouth"

  13. shoot(verb)

    cause a sharp and sudden pain in

    "The pain shot up her leg"

  14. inject, shoot(verb)

    force or drive (a fluid or gas) into by piercing

    "inject hydrogen into the balloon"

  15. shoot(verb)

    variegate by interweaving weft threads of different colors

    "shoot cloth"

  16. shoot(verb)

    throw dice, as in a crap game

  17. fritter, frivol away, dissipate, shoot, fritter away, fool, fool away(verb)

    spend frivolously and unwisely

    "Fritter away one's inheritance"

  18. shoot(verb)


    "shoot a basket"; "shoot a goal"

  19. shoot(verb)

    utter fast and forcefully

    "She shot back an answer"

  20. shoot(verb)

    measure the altitude of by using a sextant

    "shoot a star"

  21. shoot, spud, germinate, pullulate, bourgeon, burgeon forth, sprout(verb)

    produce buds, branches, or germinate

    "the potatoes sprouted"

  22. inject, shoot(verb)

    give an injection to

    "We injected the glucose into the patient's vein"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. shoot(verb)ʃut

    to use a gun or other weapon

    He pulled out a rifle and started shooting.; They were shooting at targets.; The police were shooting rubber bullets.

  2. shootʃut

    to kill or injure with a gun

    He shot a woman in the leg.; The police shot him dead.

  3. shootʃut

    to move very quickly

    The dog shot past us, howling.; The pain shot through my chest.

  4. shootʃut

    to film or photograph

    They're shooting the movie in our town.; He shot some beautiful pictures.

  5. shootʃut

    to look at in a way that shows an emotion

    He shot her a look of hatred.

  6. shootʃut

    to try to get a ball, puck, etc. into the goal

    The crowd was screaming, "Shoot!"; kids shooting baskets

  7. shootʃut

    to do sth that damages your ability to succeed

    Hiring inexperienced workers is just shooting yourself in the foot.

  8. shoot(noun)ʃut

    a new stem growing on a plant

    the first green shoots coming through the soil

  9. shootʃut

    an occasion when photographs are taken for an advertisement, magazine, etc.

    a fashion photo shoot

  10. shoot(interjection)ʃut

    indicates frustration or anger

    Shoot, I don't have my keys.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shoot(noun)

    an inclined plane, either artificial or natural, down which timber, coal, etc., are caused to slide; also, a narrow passage, either natural or artificial, in a stream, where the water rushes rapidly; esp., a channel, having a swift current, connecting the ends of a bend in the stream, so as to shorten the course

  2. Shoot(verb)

    to let fly, or cause to be driven, with force, as an arrow or a bullet; -- followed by a word denoting the missile, as an object

  3. Shoot(verb)

    to discharge, causing a missile to be driven forth; -- followed by a word denoting the weapon or instrument, as an object; -- often with off; as, to shoot a gun

  4. Shoot(verb)

    to strike with anything shot; to hit with a missile; often, to kill or wound with a firearm; -- followed by a word denoting the person or thing hit, as an object

  5. Shoot(verb)

    to send out or forth, especially with a rapid or sudden motion; to cast with the hand; to hurl; to discharge; to emit

  6. Shoot(verb)

    to push or thrust forward; to project; to protrude; -- often with out; as, a plant shoots out a bud

  7. Shoot(verb)

    to plane straight; to fit by planing

  8. Shoot(verb)

    to pass rapidly through, over, or under; as, to shoot a rapid or a bridge; to shoot a sand bar

  9. Shoot(verb)

    to variegate as if by sprinkling or intermingling; to color in spots or patches

  10. Shoot(verb)

    to cause an engine or weapon to discharge a missile; -- said of a person or an agent; as, they shot at a target; he shoots better than he rides

  11. Shoot(verb)

    to discharge a missile; -- said of an engine or instrument; as, the gun shoots well

  12. Shoot(verb)

    to be shot or propelled forcibly; -- said of a missile; to be emitted or driven; to move or extend swiftly, as if propelled; as, a shooting star

  13. Shoot(verb)

    to penetrate, as a missile; to dart with a piercing sensation; as, shooting pains

  14. Shoot(verb)

    to feel a quick, darting pain; to throb in pain

  15. Shoot(verb)

    to germinate; to bud; to sprout

  16. Shoot(verb)

    to grow; to advance; as, to shoot up rapidly

  17. Shoot(verb)

    to change form suddenly; especially, to solidify

  18. Shoot(verb)

    to protrude; to jut; to project; to extend; as, the land shoots into a promontory

  19. Shoot(verb)

    to move ahead by force of momentum, as a sailing vessel when the helm is put hard alee

  20. Shoot(noun)

    the act of shooting; the discharge of a missile; a shot; as, the shoot of a shuttle

  21. Shoot(noun)

    a young branch or growth

  22. Shoot(noun)

    a rush of water; a rapid

  23. Shoot(noun)

    a vein of ore running in the same general direction as the lode

  24. Shoot(noun)

    a weft thread shot through the shed by the shuttle; a pick

  25. Shoot(noun)

    a shoat; a young hog


  1. Shoot

    Shoots are new plant growth, they can include stems, flowering stems with flower buds, and leaves. The new growth from seed germination that grows upward is a shoot where leaves will develop. In the spring, perennial plant shoots are the new growth that grows from the ground in herbaceous plants or the new stem and/or flower growth that grows on woody plants. In everyday speech, shoots are often confused with stems. Stems, which are a critical component of shoots, provide an axis for buds, fruits, and leaves. Shoots are often eaten by animals because the fibres in the new growth have not yet completed secondary cell wall development; this makes shoots softer and easier to chew and digest. As shoots grow and age, the cells develop completed cell walls that have a hard and tough structure. Some plants produce toxins that make their shoots inedible or less palatable.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'shoot' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3825

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'shoot' in Verbs Frequency: #277

Anagrams of shoot

  1. Hoots

  2. Sooth

  3. Sotho

  4. Toosh

Translations for shoot

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(often with at ) to send or fire (bullets, arrows etc) from a gun, bow etc

The enemy were shooting at us; He shot an arrow through the air.

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