Shoot v. t. [imp. & p. p. Shot p. pr. & vb. n. Shooting. The old participle Shotten is obsolete. See Shotten.]
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
To shoot an arrow that self way. --Shak.
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 gun.
The two ends od a bow, shot off, fly from one another. --Boyle.
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; to emit.
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 bud.
They shoot out the lip, they shake the head. --Ps. xxii. 7.
Beware the secret snake that shoots a sting. --Dryden.
6. Carp. To plane straight; to fit by planing.
Two pieces of wood that are shot, that is, planed or else pared with a paring chisel. --Moxon.
7. To pass rapidly through, over, or under; as, to shoot a rapid or a bridge; to shoot a sand bar.
She . . . shoots the Stygian sound. --Dryden.
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. --Tennyson.
To be shot of, to be discharged, cleared, or rid of. [Colloq.] “Are you not glad to be shot of him?”
--Sir W. Scott.
1. The act of one who, or that which, shoots; as, the shooting of an archery club; the shooting of rays of light.
2. A wounding or killing with a firearm; specifically Sporting, the killing of game; as, a week of shooting.
3. A sensation of darting pain; as, a shooting in one's head.
Shoot·ing, a. Of or pertaining to shooting; for shooting; darting.
Shooting board Joinery, a fixture used in planing or shooting the edge of a board, by means of which the plane is guided and the board held true.
Shooting box, a small house in the country for use in the shooting season. --Prof. Wilson.
Shooting gallery, a range, usually covered, with targets for practice with firearms.
Shooting iron, a firearm. [Slang, U.S.]
Shooting star. (a) Astron. A starlike, luminous meteor, that, appearing suddenly, darts quickly across some portion of the sky, and then as suddenly disappears, leaving sometimes, for a few seconds, a luminous train, -- called also falling star.
Note: Shooting stars are small cosmical bodies which encounter the earth in its annual revolution, and which become visible by coming with planetary velocity into the upper regions of the atmosphere. At certain periods, as on the 13th of November and 10th of August, they appear for a few hours in great numbers, apparently diverging from some point in the heavens, such displays being known as meteoric showers, or star showers. These bodies, before encountering the earth, were moving in orbits closely allied to the orbits of comets. See Leonids, Perseids. (b) Bot. The American cowslip (Dodecatheon Meadia). See under Cowslip.
Shooting stick Print., a tapering piece of wood or iron, used by printers to drive up the quoins in the chase. --Hansard.
n 1: the act of firing a projectile; "his shooting was slow but
accurate" [syn: shot]
2: killing someone by gunfire; "when the shooting stopped there
were three dead bodies"