Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To shoot a projectile short of (a target).
  • transitive v. To start the approach of one's aircraft to (a landing area) too low or too soon.
  • transitive v. To land an aircraft short of (a landing area).
  • intransitive v. To shoot short of a target.
  • intransitive v. To land short of a landing area.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To shoot not far enough or not well enough.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To shoot short of (a mark).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To shoot short of, as a mark.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. fall short of (the runway) in a landing
  • v. shoot short of or below (a target)

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Examples

  • The inclusion of the word undershoot was seen by traders as a clear signal that the ECB council would cut rates when it meets next Thursday.

    Draghi: ECB needs closer fiscal ties in eurozone to use full financial powers

  • The satphone accompanies returning ISS crews on Soyuz reentry & landing for contingency communications with SAR (Search-and-Rescue) personnel after touchdown (e.g., after an "undershoot" ballistic reentry, as happened during the 15S return).

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  • Last year it did about $15-20 million of business and this year it had hoped do $150 million, but it may "undershoot" that goal because of the recession, says Hamilton.

    Purchasing - Top Stories

  • He scaled back Tesco's ambition for new malls to 50 in the next five years, from the previously forecast 80, and said he expects to undershoot the £4 billion Chinese sales target as well.

    Asia Lifts Tesco as U.K. Struggles

  • OTTAWA—Canada's economy shrank unexpectedly in November, suggesting fourth-quarter growth is likely to undershoot the central bank's forecast and may keep it from raising interest rates at least through this year.

    Canada GDP Declines Unexpectedly in November

  • More important is what the Fed statement says about how ready the central bank is to buy more securities in the future should the economy continue to underperform and inflation undershoot.

    Some questions for the Fed

  • The new guidance means the group's full-year results could undershoot the fiscal 2010 earnings by 10%.

    Asian Shares Mixed

  • Possibly not by as much as they overestimate foreign aid spending, but I think the tendency would be to undershoot by a couple fold.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Defense Budget and Political Will

  • Capital Economics figures the U.K.'s budget shortfall for the current year will undershoot official projections of a £149 billion deficit by around £10 billion.

    Slippery Slope for EU After Oil Shock

  • Economists had been predicting that total borrowing for 2010-2011 was likely to undershoot the borrowing target by between £8 billion and £10 billion, but that margin could now be considerably smaller.

    U.K. Consumer Prices Rise 4.4%

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