verb (used with object), shot, shooting.
to hit, wound, damage, kill, or destroy with a missile discharged from a weapon.
to execute or put to death with a bullet:
to be shot at sunrise.
to send forth or discharge (a missile) from a weapon:
to shoot a bullet.
to discharge (a weapon):
to shoot a gun.
to send forth (words, ideas, etc.) rapidly:
to shoot questions at someone.
to fling; propel:
The volcano shot lava high into the air.
to direct suddenly or swiftly:
Shoot the spotlight on the doorway. He shot a smile at his wife.
to move suddenly; send swiftly along.
to go over (country) in hunting game.
to pass rapidly through, over, down, etc.:
to shoot rapids.
to emit (a ray or rays, as of light) suddenly, briefly, or intermittently.
to variegate by threads, streaks, etc., of another color.
to cause to extend or project:
He shot out his arm and grabbed the ball.
to discharge or empty, as down a chute:
Do not shoot rubbish here!
to throw, kick, or otherwise propel (a ball, puck, etc.), as at a goal or teammate.
to score (a goal, points, etc.) by propelling the ball, puck, etc.
Games. to propel (a marble) from the crook or first knuckle of the forefinger by flicking with the thumb.
to throw (the dice or a specific number).
to wager or offer to bet (a sum of money):
I’ll shoot ten bucks.
Photography. to photograph or film.
to put forth (buds, branches, etc.), as a plant.
to slide (a bolt or the like) into or out of its fastening.
to pull (one’s cuffs) abruptly toward one’s hands.
Golf. to make a final score of (so many strokes):
He shot a 73 on the first 18 holes of the tournament.
to take the altitude of (a heavenly body):
to shoot the sun.
to detonate; cause to explode, as a charge of explosives.
Aeronautics. to practice (a maneuver) by repetition:
to shoot landings.
Slang. to inject (an addictive drug) intravenously.
verb (used without object), shot, shooting.
to send forth missiles from a bow, firearm, or the like.
to be discharged, as a firearm.
to hunt with a gun for sport:
He fishes, but he doesn’t shoot.
to move or pass suddenly or swiftly; spurt:
The car shot ahead and was soon out of sight.
Nautical. to acquire momentum and coast into the wind, as a sailboat in a confined area.
to grow forth from the ground, as a stem.
to put forth buds or shoots, as a plant; germinate.
Photography. to photograph.
Movies. to film or begin to film a scene or movie.
to extend; jut:
a cape shooting out into the sea.
to propel a ball, puck, etc., at a goal, basket, pocket, etc., or in a specific direction:
He shot for the green with a five iron.
to propel a ball in a specific way:
The center shoots left-handed.
to be felt by or flow through or permeate the body:
Pain shot through his injured arm. Chills shot up and down her spine.
to carry by force of discharge or momentum:
The missile left its pad and shot thousands of miles into space.
Informal. to begin, especially to begin to talk:
I want to hear your complaint, so shoot!
the act of shooting with a bow, firearm, etc.
Chiefly British. a hunting trip or expedition.
a match or contest at shooting.
a growing or sprouting, as of a plant.
a new or young growth that shoots off from some portion of a plant.
the amount of such growth.
a young branch, stem, twig, or the like.
a sprout that is not three feet high.
Rocketry. the launching of a missile.
Informal. a photographic assignment or session, as for a feature film or a television commercial:
The actress is away on a shoot.
Rowing. the interval between strokes.
a small tunnel branching off from a larger tunnel.
a narrow vein of ore.
to cause to fall by hitting with a shot:
They shot down several ducks.
Informal. to disparage, reject, or expose as false or inadequate; debunk:
to shoot down a popular theory.
shoot for/at, to attempt to obtain or accomplish; strive toward:
He is shooting for a higher production level.
to grow rapidly or suddenly.
Informal. to damage or harass by reckless shooting:
cowboys shooting up the town.
to wound by shooting:
He shot up the lion, but his guide killed it.
Slang. to inject an addictive drug intravenously.
shoot from the hip, to act or speak without due consideration or deliberation.
shoot off one’s mouth / face, Slang.
to talk indiscreetly, especially to reveal confidences, make thoughtless remarks, etc.
He likes to shoot off his mouth about what a great guy he is.
shoot one’s bolt. bolt1 (def 29).
shoot one’s wad. wad1 (def 13).
shoot the breeze. breeze1 (def 11).
shoot the bull. bull3 (def 2).
shoot the works. work (def 55).
verb shoots, shooting, shot
(transitive) to hit, wound, damage, or kill with a missile discharged from a weapon
to discharge (a missile or missiles) from a weapon
to fire (a weapon) or (of a weapon) to be fired
to send out or be sent out as if from a weapon: he shot questions at her
(intransitive) to move very rapidly; dart
(transitive) to slide or push into or out of a fastening: to shoot a bolt
to emit (a ray of light) or (of a ray of light) to be emitted
(transitive) to go or pass quickly over or through: to shoot rapids
(intransitive) to hunt game with a gun for sport
(transitive) to pass over (an area) in hunting game
to extend or cause to extend; project
(transitive) to discharge down or as if down a chute
(intransitive) (of a plant) to produce (buds, branches, etc)
(intransitive) (of a seed) to germinate
to photograph or record (a sequence, subject, etc)
(transitive; usually passive) to variegate or streak, as with colour
(sport) to hit or propel (the ball, etc) towards the goal
(transitive) (sport, mainly US & Canadian) to score (points, strokes, etc): he shot 72 on the first round
(transitive) to plane (a board) to produce a straight edge
(transitive) (mining) to detonate
(transitive) to measure the altitude of (a celestial body)
(often foll by up) (slang) to inject (someone, esp oneself) with (a drug, esp heroin)
shoot a line, See line1 (sense 58)
shoot from the hip, to speak bluntly or impulsively without concern for the consequences
shoot one’s bolt, See bolt1 (sense 13)
(informal) shoot oneself in the foot, to damage one’s own cause inadvertently
(slang) shoot one’s mouth off
to talk indiscreetly
to boast or exaggerate
shoot the breeze, See breeze1 (sense 5)
the act of shooting
the action or motion of something that is shot
the first aerial part of a plant to develop from a germinating seed
any new growth of a plant, such as a bud, young branch, etc
(mainly Brit) a meeting or party organized for hunting game with guns
an area or series of coverts and woods where game can be hunted with guns
a steep descent in a stream; rapid
(informal) a photographic assignment
(geology, mining) a narrow workable vein of ore
(obsolete) the reach of a shot
(slang) the whole shoot, everything
(US & Canadian) an exclamation expressing disbelief, scepticism, disgust, disappointment, etc
The part of a vascular plant that is above ground, including the stem and leaves. The tips of shoots contain the apical meristem.
noun, Chiefly British. 1. a small house or lodge for use during the shooting season. shooting box noun 1. a small country house providing accommodation for a shooting party during the shooting season Also called shooting lodge
noun, British. 1. station wagon. shooting brake noun 1. (Brit) a former name for estate car
- Shooting guard
noun 1. (basketball) the player responsible for attempting long-range shots
noun, Informal. 1. a firearm, especially a pistol or revolver. shooting iron noun 1. (US, slang) a firearm, esp a pistol shoot hoops