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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shootnoun

    a new branch

  2. shootverb

    the act of shooting at targets

    "they hold a shoot every weekend during the summer"

  3. shoot, hit, pipverb

    hit with a missile from a weapon

  4. shoot, pipverb

    kill by firing a missile

  5. blast, shootverb

    fire a shot

    "the gunman blasted away"

  6. film, shoot, takeverb

    make a film or photograph of something

    "take a scene"; "shoot a movie"

  7. shootverb

    send forth suddenly, intensely, swiftly

    "shoot a glance"

  8. dart, dash, scoot, scud, flash, shootverb

    run or move very quickly or hastily

    "She dashed into the yard"

  9. tear, shoot, shoot down, charge, buckverb

    move quickly and violently

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

  10. shootverb

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

    "shoot craps"; "shoot a golf ball"

  11. photograph, snap, shootverb

    record on photographic film

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

  12. shootverb

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

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

  13. shootverb

    cause a sharp and sudden pain in

    "The pain shot up her leg"

  14. inject, shootverb

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

    "inject hydrogen into the balloon"

  15. shootverb

    variegate by interweaving weft threads of different colors

    "shoot cloth"

  16. shootverb

    throw dice, as in a crap game

  17. fritter, frivol away, dissipate, shoot, fritter away, fool, fool awayverb

    spend frivolously and unwisely

    "Fritter away one's inheritance"

  18. shootverb


    "shoot a basket"; "shoot a goal"

  19. shootverb

    utter fast and forcefully

    "She shot back an answer"

  20. shootverb

    measure the altitude of by using a sextant

    "shoot a star"

  21. shoot, spud, germinate, pullulate, bourgeon, burgeon forth, sproutverb

    produce buds, branches, or germinate

    "the potatoes sprouted"

  22. inject, shootverb

    give an injection to

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Shootnoun

    Etymology: from the verb. )

    The Turkish bow giveth a very forcible shoot, insomuch as the arrow, hath pierced a steel target two inches thick; but the arrow if headed with wood, hath been known to pierce thro’ a piece of wood of eight inches thick. Francis Bacon.

    The noise of thy cross-bow
    Will scare the herd, and so my shoot is lost. William Shakespeare.

    But come the bow; now mercy goes to kill,
    And shooting well is then accounted ill.
    Thus will I save my credit in the shoot,
    Not wounding, pity would not let me do’t. William Shakespeare.

    As a country fellow was making a shoot at a pigeon, he trode upon a snake that bit him. Roger L'Estrange.

    They will not come just on the tops where they were cut, but out of those shoots which were water boughs. Francis Bacon.

    I saw them under a green mantling vine,
    Plucking ripe clusters from the tender shoots. John Milton.

    Prune off superfluous branches and shoots of this second spring; but expose not the fruit without leaves sufficient. John Evelyn.

    The hook she bore,
    To lop the growth of the luxuriant year,
    To decent form the lawless shoots to bring,
    And teach th’ obedient branches where to spring. Alexander Pope.

    Now, should my praises owe their truth
    To beauty, dress, or paint, or youth,
    ’Twere grafting on an annual stock
    That must our expectations mock;
    And making one luxuriant shoot,
    Die the next year for want of root. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To Shootverb

    preterite, I shot; participle, shot or shotten.

    Etymology: scedtan , Saxon.

    Shoots far into the bosom of dim night
    A glimmering dawn. John Milton.

    I owe you much, and like a witless youth,
    That which I owe is lost; but if you please
    To shoot an arrow that self way
    Which you did shoot the first, I do not doubt
    To find both. William Shakespeare.

    This murtherous shaft that’s shot
    Hath not yet lighted; and our safest way
    Is to avoid the aim. William Shakespeare.

    The men shoot strong shoots with their bows. George Abbot.

    The two ends of a bow shot off, fly from one another. Boyle.

    Men who know not hearts, should make examples;
    Which like a warning-piece, must be shot off,
    To fright the rest from crimes. Dryden.

    Not an hand shall touch the mount, but he shall be stoned or shot thro’. Exod. xix. 13.

    The liquid air his moving pinions wound,
    And, in the moment, shoot him on the ground. Dryden.

    None of the trees exalt themselves, neither shoot up their top among the thick boughs. Ezek. xxxi. 14.

    A grain of mustard groweth up and shooteth out great branches. Mark. iv. 32.

    Tell like a tall old oak, how learning shoots,
    To heaven her branches, and to hell her roots. John Denham.

    Ye bucks, who pluck the flow’rs,
    Beware the secret snake that shoots a sting. Dryden.

    The last had a star upon its breast, which shot forth pointed beams of a peculiar lustre. Addison.

    Fir’d by the torch of noon, to tenfold rage,
    Th’ infuriate hill forth shoots the pillar’d flame. James Thomson.

    I have laugh’d sometimes when I have reflected on those men who have shot themselves into the world; some bolting out upon the stage with vast applause, and some hissed off, quitting it with disgrace. Dryden.

    They that see me shoot out the lip, they shake the head. Ps.

    Strait lines in joiner’s language are called a joint; that is two pieces of wood that are shot, that is plained or else paired with a pairing chissel. Joseph Moxon.

    Thus having said, she sinks beneath the ground,
    With furious haste, and shoots the Stygian sound. Dryden.

  3. To Shootverb

    The archers have sorely grieved him and shot at him. Gen.

    When he has shot his best, he is sure that none ever did shoot better. William Temple.

    When you shoot, and shut one eye,
    You cannot think he would deny
    To lend the t’other friendly aid,
    Or wink, as coward and afraid. Matthew Prior.

    Such trees as love the sun do not willingly descend far into the earth; and therefore they are commonly trees that shoot up much. Francis Bacon.

    Onions, as they hang, will shoot forth. Francis Bacon.

    The tree at once both upward shoots,
    And just as much grows downward to the roots. John Cleveland.

    The monarch oak, the patriarch of the trees,
    Shoots rising up, and spreads by slow degrees. Dryden.

    Nor will the wither’d flock be green again,
    But the wild olive shoots and shades the ungrateful plain. Dr.

    New creatures rise,
    A moving mass at first, and short of thighs;
    Till shooting out with legs and imp’d with wings. Dryden.

    The corn laid up by ants would shoot under ground, if they did not bite off all the buds; and therefore it will produce nothing. Addison.

    This valley of the Tirol lies enclosed on all sides by the Alps, though its dominions shoot out into several branches among the breaks of the mountains. Joseph Addison, Italy.

    Express’d juices of plants, boiled into the consistence of a syrup, and set into a cool place, the essential salt will shoot upon the sides of the vessels. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    A wild, where weeds and flow’rs promiscuous shoot,
    Or garden, tempting with forbidden fruit. Alexander Pope.

    If the menstruum be over charged, metals will shoot into chrystals. Francis Bacon.

    Although exhaled and placed in cold conservatories, it will chrystalize and shoot into glaceous bodies. Thomas Browne, Vulg. Er.

    That rude mass will shoot itself into several forms, till it make an habitable world: the steady hand of Providence being the invisible guide of all its motions. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    There shot a streaming lamp along the sky,
    Which on the winged light’ning seem’d to fly. Dryden.

    Tell them that the rays of light shoot from the sun to our earth, at the rate of one hundred and eighty thousand miles in the second of a minute, they stand aghast at such talk. Isaac Watts.

    The grand ætherial bow
    Shoots up immense. James Thomson.

    The land did shoot out with a very great promontory, bending that way. George Abbot, Descript. of the World.

    Thy words shoot thro’ my heart,
    Melt my resolves, and turn me all to love. Addison.

    Let me but live to shadow this young plant
    From blites and storms: he’ll soon shoot up a heroe. Dryd.

    A shooting star in autumn thwarts the night. John Milton.

    A shining harvest either host displays,
    And shoots against the sun with equal rays. Dryden.

    At first she flutters, but at length she springs,
    To smoother flight, and shoots upon her wings. Dryden.

    The broken air loud whistling as she flies,
    She stops and listens, and shoots forth again,
    And guides her pinions by her young ones cries. Dryden.

    Heav’n’s imperious queen shot down from high,
    At her approach the brazen hinges fly,
    The gates are forc’d. Dryden.

    She downward glides,
    Lights in Fleet-ditch, and shoots beneath the tides. John Gay.

    Where the mob gathers, swiftly shoot along,
    Nor idly mingle in the noisy throng. John Gay.

    At the summons roll’d her eyes around,
    Not half so swiftly shoots along in air,
    The gliding light’ning. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shootnoun

    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. Shootverb

    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. Shootverb

    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. Shootverb

    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. Shootverb

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

  6. Shootverb

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

  7. Shootverb

    to plane straight; to fit by planing

  8. Shootverb

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

  9. Shootverb

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

  10. Shootverb

    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. Shootverb

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

  12. Shootverb

    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. Shootverb

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

  14. Shootverb

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

  15. Shootverb

    to germinate; to bud; to sprout

  16. Shootverb

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

  17. Shootverb

    to change form suddenly; especially, to solidify

  18. Shootverb

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

  19. Shootverb

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

  20. Shootnoun

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

  21. Shootnoun

    a young branch or growth

  22. Shootnoun

    a rush of water; a rapid

  23. Shootnoun

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

  24. Shootnoun

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

  25. Shootnoun

    a shoat; a young hog

  26. 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. sooth

  2. sotho

  3. 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. James Mattis:

    You got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them.

  2. The St. John:

    We tested chemical reagents, organic solvents, mineral abrasives, we tried trying to shoot crushed-up dry ice at the stone under high pressure.

  3. Alexa Lee:

    It offers you the simplicity of just throwing Lily up into the air and letting it follow you, many experiences happen when you are alone or don’t have someone else around to take pictures or shoot video for you -- Lily is like your photographer in the sky.

  4. Giannis Antetokounmpo:

    Have pride, keep your man in front of you, don’t allow them to have easy looks, don’t allow them to get easily to the free throw line. Rebound the ball. Make sure when we miss or make shots, you got to box (out). The little things add up in 48 minutes and then you’ll have the result of being good on defense. But if you let the guy shoot an open 3 then let somebody go backdoor, let somebody get offensive rebound then throw it to the 3-point guy so he can knock down the 3, all that builds up and you have a bad night.

  5. Anthony Sadler:

    I woke up to basically people ducking and then I was, like, 'Why is everybody ducking?' and then, when I turned round to look, he, the gunman, had just entered the car with the AK and then I was, like: 'This is really happening', we just all ran back there and we tried to do whatever we could to try and beat him up so he didn't shoot anybody. He pulled out a box cutter and cut Spencer a couple of times but beside that we just tried to do whatever we could.

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    something (a term or expression or concept) that has a reciprocal relation to something else
    • A. reciprocal
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