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.]
1. A framework, trough, or tube, upon or through which objects are made to slide from a higher to a lower level, or through which water passes to a wheel.
2. See Shoot.
n 1: rescue equipment consisting of a device that fills with air
and retards your fall [syn: parachute]
2: sloping channel through which things can descend [syn: slide,
slideway, sloping trough]