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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.


  1. shoot

    A shoot is an immature plant or portion of a plant.


  1. shoot

    In general, "shoot" refers to the act of firing a weapon or forcefully projecting an object, often with the goal of hitting a target or causing harm. It can also refer to the act of taking photographs or recording images using a camera or similar device. Additionally, "shoot" can be used as a slang term to mean a film or video production.

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.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SHOOT

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Shoot is ranked #94311 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Shoot surname appeared 194 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Shoot.

    89.1% or 173 total occurrences were White.
    4.1% or 8 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    3% or 6 total occurrences were Asian.
    2.5% or 5 total occurrences were Black.

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. Joseph Conrad:

    How does one kill fear, I wonder? How do you shoot a specter through the heart, slash off its spectral head, take it by its spectral throat?

  2. The Republican Party Ryan:

    I don't think of him as an enemy. I think ideologues, partisans on both sides, think of each other as enemies. Our enemies are the people who plant roadside bombs against our soldiers, or shoot up our boardrooms and community college. That's our enemy. I just think that he is just a dogmatic ideologue who very much believes in what he is doing and is pretty much opposite of what we believe.

  3. Robert Maxwell:

    When I met Ghislaine in 1984, she was about 23. I thought she was a lovely girl. I liked her from the start, and she was very shy and very unassuming and not the harlot that she's been portrayed as, she asked me if I would take a series of pictures of her in the studio, a fashion shoot because her father ... you know, doted on her … [he] wanted one of the portraits that I took to put on the Lady Ghislaine yachts. He was totally besotted with Ghislaine. She could do no wrong.

  4. Brian Harrell:

    This typically very primitive style attack equals millions of dollars in damage, if you were to shoot out some very key components you can quickly create an effect where this large multimillion dollar transformer becomes essentially a paperweight.

  5. Steve Brill:

    The trickiest part was having to do this during a pandemic, shooting in Canada and having to get everybody up to Canada for one episode, which would take two weeks to shoot. And they'd have to quarantine for two weeks, also, so everyone had to had to pretty much gave up a month of their life, if not more, to come up and do it.

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