Shoot (?), n. [F. chute. See
Chute. Confused with shoot to let fly.] 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. [Written also chute,
and shute.] [U. S.]
To take a shoot, to pass through a shoot
instead of the main channel; to take the most direct course.
Shoot, v. i. 1. 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.
The archers have . . . shot at him.
Gen. xlix. 23.
2. To discharge a missile; -- said of an
engine or instrument; as, the gun shoots well.
3. 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.
There shot a streaming lamp along the
4. To penetrate, as a missile; to dart with a
piercing sensation; as, shooting pains.
Thy words shoot through my heart.
5. To feel a quick, darting pain; to throb in
These preachers make Herbert.
His head to shoot and ache.
6. To germinate; to bud; to sprout.
Onions, as they hang, will shoot
But the wild olive shoots, and shades the
ungrateful plain. Dryden.
7. To grow; to advance; as, to shoot up
Well shot in years he seemed.
Delightful task! to rear the tender thought,
To teach the young idea how to shoot.
8. To change form suddenly; especially, to
If the menstruum be overcharged, metals will
shoot into crystals. Bacon.
9. To protrude; to jut; to project; to extend;
as, the land shoots into a promontory.
There shot up against the dark sky, tall, gaunt,
straggling houses. Dickens.
10. (Naut.) To move ahead by force of
momentum, as a sailing vessel when the helm is put hard
To shoot ahead, to pass or move quickly
forward; to outstrip others.
Shoot (?), v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Shot (?); p. pr. & vb. n.
Shooting. The old participle Shotten is obsolete. See
Shotten.] [OE. shotien, schotien, AS.
scotian, v. i., sceótan; akin to D.
schieten, G. schie?en, OHG. sciozan, Icel.
skj?ta, Sw. skjuta, Dan. skyde; cf. Skr.
skund to jump. √159. Cf. Scot a contribution,
Scout to reject, Scud, Scuttle, v.
i., Shot, Sheet, Shut, Shuttle,
Skittish, Skittles.] 1. 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.
If you please Shak.
To shoot an arrow that self way.
2. 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
The two ends od a bow, shot off, fly from one
3. 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.
When Roger shot the hawk hovering over his
master's dove house. A. Tucker.
4. To send out or forth, especially with a
rapid or sudden motion; to cast with the hand; to hurl; to discharge;
An honest weaver as ever shot
shuttle. Beau. & Fl.
A pit into which the dead carts had nightly shot
corpses by scores. Macaulay.
5. To push or thrust forward; to project; to
protrude; -- often with out; as, a plant shoots out a
They shoot out the lip, they shake the
head. Ps. xxii. 7.
Beware the secret snake that shoots a
6. (Carp.) To plane straight; to fit by
Two pieces of wood that are shot, that is,
planed or else pared with a paring chisel.
7. To pass rapidly through, over, or under;
as, to shoot a rapid or a bridge; to shoot a sand
She . . . shoots the Stygian sound.
8. To variegate as if by sprinkling or
intermingling; to color in spots or patches.
The tangled water courses slept,
Shot over with purple, and green, and yellow.
To be shot of, to be discharged, cleared, or
rid of. [Colloq.] "Are you not glad to be shot of him?"
Sir W. Scott.
Shoot, n. 1. The
act of shooting; the discharge of a missile; a shot; as, the
shoot of a shuttle.
The Turkish bow giveth a very forcible
One underneath his horse to get a shoot doth
2. A young branch or growth.
Superfluous branches and shoots of this second
3. A rush of water; a rapid.
4. (Min.) A vein of ore running in the
same general direction as the lode. Knight.
5. (Weaving) A weft thread shot through
the shed by the shuttle; a pick.
6. [Perh. a different word.] A shoat; a young