Definition for SHOOT

SHOOT, v.t. [pret. and pp. shot. The old participle shotten is obsolete. Sax. sceotan, scytan, to shoot, to dart, to rush, to lay out or bestow, to transfer, to point with the forger, whence to lead or direct; G. schossen, to shoot, and to pay scot, also schiessen, to shoot, to dart; D. schieten; Sw. skiuta; Dan. skyder; Ir. sceithim, to vomit; sciot, an arrow or dart; It. scattare, to shoot an arrow; scateo, to shoot out water; W. ysguthaw, ysgudaw, to scud; ysgwdu, to thrust; ysgythu, to spout. It is formed with a prefix on Gd.]

  1. To let fly and drive with force; as, to shoot an arrow.
  2. To discharge and cause to be driven with violence; as, to shoot a ball.
  3. To send off with force, to dart. And from about her shot darts of desire. – Milton.
  4. To let off; used of the instrument. The two ends of a bow shot off, fly from one another. – Boyle.
  5. To strike with any thing shot; as, to shoot one with an arrow or a bullet.
  6. To send out; to push forth; as, a plant shoots a branch.
  7. To push out; to emit; to dart; to thrust forth. Beware the secret snake that shoots a sting. – Dryden.
  8. To push forward; to drive; to propel; as, to shoot a bolt.
  9. To push out; to thrust forward. They shoot out the lip. – Ps. xxii. The phrase, to shoot out the lip, signifies to treat with derision or contempt.
  10. To pass through with swiftness; as, to shoot the Stygian flood. – Dryden.
  11. To fit each other by planing; a workman's term. Two piece's of wood that are shot, that is, planed or pared with a chisel. – Moxon.
  12. To kill by a ball, arrow or other thing shot; as, to shoot a duck.

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