Shoot n. 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. [U.S.]
Shute n. Same as Chute, or Shoot.
n : English writer who settled in Norway after World War II
(1899-1960) [syn: Nevil Shute, Nevil Shute Norway]