What does shoot mean?

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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"

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

    Etymology: [Perh. a different word.]

  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

    Etymology: [Perh. a different word.]

  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

    Etymology: [Perh. a different word.]

  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

    Etymology: [Perh. a different word.]

  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

    Etymology: [Perh. a different word.]

  6. Shoot(verb)

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

    Etymology: [Perh. a different word.]

  7. Shoot(verb)

    to plane straight; to fit by planing

    Etymology: [Perh. a different word.]

  8. Shoot(verb)

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

    Etymology: [Perh. a different word.]

  9. Shoot(verb)

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

    Etymology: [Perh. a different word.]

  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

    Etymology: [Perh. a different word.]

  11. Shoot(verb)

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

    Etymology: [Perh. a different word.]

  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

    Etymology: [Perh. a different word.]

  13. Shoot(verb)

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

    Etymology: [Perh. a different word.]

  14. Shoot(verb)

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

    Etymology: [Perh. a different word.]

  15. Shoot(verb)

    to germinate; to bud; to sprout

    Etymology: [Perh. a different word.]

  16. Shoot(verb)

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

    Etymology: [Perh. a different word.]

  17. Shoot(verb)

    to change form suddenly; especially, to solidify

    Etymology: [Perh. a different word.]

  18. Shoot(verb)

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

    Etymology: [Perh. a different word.]

  19. Shoot(verb)

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

    Etymology: [Perh. a different word.]

  20. Shoot(noun)

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

    Etymology: [Perh. a different word.]

  21. Shoot(noun)

    a young branch or growth

    Etymology: [Perh. a different word.]

  22. Shoot(noun)

    a rush of water; a rapid

    Etymology: [Perh. a different word.]

  23. Shoot(noun)

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

    Etymology: [Perh. a different word.]

  24. Shoot(noun)

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

    Etymology: [Perh. a different word.]

  25. Shoot(noun)

    a shoat; a young hog

    Etymology: [Perh. a different word.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Shoot

    shōōt, v.t. to dart: to let fly with force: to discharge from a bow or gun: to strike with a shot: to thrust forward: to pass rapidly through: to lay out, place in position: to hunt over, to kill game in or on: to send forth new parts, as a plant.—v.i. to perform the act of shooting: to variegate, to colour in spots or threads: to be driven along: to fly, as an arrow: to jut out: to germinate: to advance or grow rapidly: to hunt birds, &c., with a gun:—pa.t. and pa.p. shot.—n. act of shooting: a match at shooting, shooting-party: a young branch: (Shak.) a sprouting horn: a passage-way in a mine for letting one down: a sloping trough used for discharging articles or goods from a height: a river-fall, rapid.—adj. Shoot′able, that may be shot, or shot over.—ns. Shoot′er, one who, or that which, shoots; Shoot′ing, act of discharging firearms or an arrow: sensation of a quick pain: act or practice of killing game: right to kill game with firearms on a certain area: the district so limited; Shoot′ing-box, a small house in the country for use in the shooting season; Shoot′ing-gall′ery, a long room used for practice in the use of firearms; Shoot′ing-ī′ron (slang), a revolver; Shoot′ing-jack′et, a short kind of coat for shooting in; Shoot′ing-range, a place for practising shooting at targets at measured distances; Shoot′ing-star, a meteor or falling star; Shoot′ing-stick, a printer's tool of wood or metal, to be struck with a mallet, for driving quoins.—Shoot ahead, to get to the front among a set of competitors; Shoot over, to go out shooting: to hunt upon.—I′ll be shot (slang), a mild imprecation. [A.S. sceótan; Dut. schieten, Ger. schiessen, to dart.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. shoot

    To let fly or cause to be driven with force, as an arrow or bullet;—followed by a word denoting the missile, as an object. Also, to discharge, causing a missile to be driven forth;—said of the weapon or instrument, as an object; as, to shoot a gun and the like.

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 for shoot »

  1. Hoots

  2. Sooth

  3. Sotho

  4. Toosh

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shoot in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shoot in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of shoot in a Sentence

  1. Kathryn Wheelbarger:

    The S-400 is a Russian system designed to shoot down an aircraft like the F-35, and it is inconceivable to imagine Russia not taking advantage of that (intelligence) collection opportunity.

  2. Karoly Papp:

    They don’t have and will not get an order to shoot.

  3. Witness Jose Torres:

    It’s not a knee-jerk reaction. They’re trained to shoot until the risk is ended. i’m not going to use the word, but I said, ‘Why the f are they still shooting him if he’s on the ground?'.

  4. Klay Thompson:

    I was trying to shoot until I missed, it was one of those nights where it felt like everything was good.

  5. Dmitry Peskov:

    Nobody has the right to traitorously shoot down a Russian plane from behind.

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