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

  • transitive v. To hit, wound, or kill with a missile fired from a weapon.
  • transitive v. To remove or destroy by firing or projecting a missile: shot out the window.
  • transitive v. To make (a hole, for example) by firing a weapon.
  • transitive v. To fire or let fly (a missile) from a weapon.
  • transitive v. To discharge (a weapon).
  • transitive v. To detonate or cause to explode: shot off a firecracker.
  • transitive v. To inject (a drug, for example) with a hypodermic syringe.
  • transitive v. To throw out or release (a fishing line, for example).
  • transitive v. To send forth suddenly, intensely, or swiftly: The burning building shot sparks onto the adjacent roof. He shot an angry look at me.
  • transitive v. To emit (a ray or rays of light or another form of energy).
  • transitive v. To utter (sounds or words) forcefully, rapidly, or suddenly: She shot a retort to the insult.
  • transitive v. Slang To give, send, or hand quickly: Shoot me that stapler.
  • transitive v. Informal To spend, use up, or waste: They shot their savings on a new boat.
  • transitive v. To pass over or through swiftly: shooting the rapids.
  • transitive v. To cover (country) in hunting for game.
  • transitive v. To record on film: shot the scene in one take.
  • transitive v. To cause to project or protrude; extend: shot out her arm to prevent the bottle from falling.
  • transitive v. To begin to grow or produce; put forth.
  • transitive v. To pour, empty out, or discharge down or as if down a chute: shot gravel into the hole.
  • transitive v. Sports & Games To throw or propel (a ball, marble, or other projectile in a game) in a specific direction or toward the objective.
  • transitive v. Sports & Games To accomplish (the objective) of a game involving a projectile; score (a point, basket, or goal).
  • transitive v. Sports & Games To play (a game involving projectiles, such as golf or pool).
  • transitive v. Sports & Games To attain (a given score) in golf.
  • transitive v. Sports & Games To play (a game involving dice, especially craps).
  • transitive v. Sports & Games To throw (the dice or a given score) in craps.
  • transitive v. To slide (the bolt of a lock) into or out of its fastening.
  • transitive v. To plane (the edge of a board) straight.
  • transitive v. To variegate (colored cloth) by interweaving weft threads of a different color.
  • transitive v. To measure the altitude of with a sextant or other instrument: shot the star.
  • intransitive v. To discharge a missile from a weapon.
  • intransitive v. To discharge or fire; go off.
  • intransitive v. To gush or spurt: Water shot out of the geyser.
  • intransitive v. To appear suddenly: The sun shot through a break in the clouds.
  • intransitive v. To move swiftly; dart.
  • intransitive v. To be felt moving or as if moving in the body: Pain shot through my lower leg.
  • intransitive v. To protrude; project: The headland shoots far out into the sea.
  • intransitive v. To engage in hunting or the firing of weapons, especially for sport: is shooting in Scotland during the fall.
  • intransitive v. To put forth new growth; germinate.
  • intransitive v. To take pictures.
  • intransitive v. To film a scene in a movie.
  • intransitive v. Sports & Games To propel a ball or other object toward the goal or in a specific direction or manner.
  • intransitive v. Games To throw dice.
  • intransitive v. Slang To begin talking. Often used in the imperative: I know you have something to tell me, so shoot!
  • intransitive v. To slide into or out of a fastening. Used of the bolt of a lock.
  • n. The motion or movement of something that is propelled, driven, or discharged.
  • n. The young growth arising from a germinating seed; a sprout.
  • n. A bud, young leaf, or other new growth on a plant.
  • n. A narrow, swift, or turbulent section of a stream.
  • n. The act of discharging a weapon or letting fly a missile.
  • n. Informal The launching of a rocket or similar missile.
  • n. An organized shooting activity, such as a skeet tournament or hunt.
  • n. A round of shots in a contest with firearms.
  • n. A session in which something is photographed, filmed, or videotaped.
  • n. The distance a shot travels; the range.
  • n. Nautical The interval between strokes in rowing.
  • n. A sharp twinge or spasm of pain.
  • n. An inclined channel for moving something; a chute.
  • n. A body of ore in a vein.
  • interj. Used to express surprise, mild annoyance, or disappointment.
  • shoot down To bring down (an aircraft, for example) by hitting and damaging with gunfire or a missile.
  • shoot down Informal To ruin the aspirations of; disappoint.
  • shoot down To put an end to; defeat: shot down the proposal.
  • shoot down To expose as false; discredit: shot down his theory.
  • for Informal To strive or aim for; have as a goal.
  • shoot up Informal To grow or get taller rapidly.
  • shoot up To increase dramatically in amount.
  • shoot up To riddle with bullets.
  • shoot up To damage or terrorize (a town, for example) by intense or random gunfire.
  • shoot up Slang To inject a drug with a hypodermic syringe.
  • idiom shoot from the hip Slang To act or speak on a matter without forethought.
  • idiom mouth Slang To speak indiscreetly.
  • idiom mouth Slang To brag; boast.
  • idiom shoot (one's) bolt Slang To do all within one's power; exhaust all of one's resources or capabilities.
  • idiom shoot (one's) wad Slang To spend all of one's cash.
  • idiom shoot (one's) wad Slang To use up all of one's energy or resources.
  • idiom shoot straight To talk or deal honestly.
  • idiom breeze Slang To spend time talking; talk idly.
  • idiom shoot the works Informal To expend all of one's efforts or capital.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To fire a projectile or energy weapon at.
  • v. To begin to speak.
  • v. To hit with a projectile or energy beam from such a weapon.
  • v. To move very quickly and suddenly.
  • v. To dismiss or do away with.
  • v. To photograph.
  • v. To lunge.
  • v. To deviate from kayfabe, either intentionally or accidentally; to actually connect with unchoreographed fighting blows and maneuvers, or speak one's mind (instead of an agreed-to script).
  • v. To measure the distance and direction to (a point).
  • v. To make the stated score.
  • v. To ejaculate.
  • v. To go over or pass quickly through.
  • v. To tip (something, especially coal) down a chute.
  • v. To inject a drug (such as heroin) intravenously.
  • n. The emerging stem and embryonic leaves of a new plant.
  • n. A photography session.
  • n. A hunt or shooting competition.
  • n. An event that is unscripted or legitimate.
  • interj. A mild expletive, expressing disbelief or disdain

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.
  • n. The act of shooting; the discharge of a missile; a shot.
  • n. A young branch or growth.
  • n. A rush of water; a rapid.
  • n. A vein of ore running in the same general direction as the lode.
  • n. A weft thread shot through the shed by the shuttle; a pick.
  • n. A shoat; a young hog.
  • intransitive v. To cause an engine or weapon to discharge a missile; -- said of a person or an agent.
  • intransitive v. To discharge a missile; -- said of an engine or instrument.
  • intransitive v. To be shot or propelled forcibly; -- said of a missile; to be emitted or driven; to move or extend swiftly, as if propelled.
  • intransitive v. To penetrate, as a missile; to dart with a piercing sensation.
  • intransitive v. To feel a quick, darting pain; to throb in pain.
  • intransitive v. To germinate; to bud; to sprout.
  • intransitive v. To grow; to advance.
  • intransitive v. To change form suddenly; especially, to solidify.
  • intransitive v. To protrude; to jut; to project; to extend.
  • intransitive v. To move ahead by force of momentum, as a sailing vessel when the helm is put hard alee.
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To discharge, causing a missile to be driven forth; -- followed by a word denoting the weapon or instrument, as an object; -- often with off.
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To send out or forth, especially with a rapid or sudden motion; to cast with the hand; to hurl; to discharge; to emit.
  • transitive v. To push or thrust forward; to project; to protrude; -- often with out.
  • transitive v. To plane straight; to fit by planing.
  • transitive v. To pass rapidly through, over, or under
  • transitive v. To variegate as if by sprinkling or intermingling; to color in spots or patches.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To dart forth; rush or move along rapidly; dart along.
  • To be emitted, as light, in darting rays or flashes: as, the aurora shot up to the zenith.
  • To dart along, as pain through the nerves; hence, to be affected with sharp darting pains.
  • To come forth, as a plant; put forth buds or shoots; sprout; germinate.
  • To increase rapidly in growth; grow quickly taller or larger: often with up.
  • To send out spicula; condense into spicula or shoots, as in crystallization.
  • To lie as if pushed out; project; jut; stretch.
  • To perform the act of discharging a missile, as from an engine, a bow, or a gun; fire.
  • Specifically, to follow or practise the sport of killing birds or other game, large or small, with a gun; hunt.
  • To go out shooting with (a dog or dogs): said of sportsmen.
  • To hunt upon: as, to shoot over a moor.
  • To send out or forth with a sudden or violent motion; discharge, propel, expel. or empty with rapidity or violence: especially, to turn out or dump, as the contents of a cart by tilting it.
  • To emit, as a ray; dart.
  • To drive, cast, or throw, as a shuttle in weaving.
  • To push or thrust sharply in any direction; dart forth; protrude.
  • To put forth or extend in any direction by growth or by causing growth: as, a tree shoots its branches over the wall: often with up or out.
  • To let fly, or cause to be propelled, as an arrow by releasing the bowstring, or a bullet or ball by igniting the charge.
  • To discharge (a missile weapon), as a bow by releasing its string, or a gun by igniting its charge: often with off.
  • To strike with anything shot; hit, wound, or kill with a missile discharged from a weapon; put to death or execute by shooting.
  • To pass rapidly through, under, or over: as, to shoot a rapid or a bridge.
  • In mining, to blast.
  • To set or place, as a net; run out into position, as a seine from the boat; pay out; lay out: as, the lines were shot across the tide.
  • To hunt over; kill game in or on.
  • In carpentry, to plane straight, or fit by planing.
  • To variegate, as by sprinkling or intermingling different colors; give a changing color to; color in spots, patches, or threads; streak; especially, in weaving, to variegate or render changeable in color by the intermixture of a warp and weft of different colors: chiefly in the past participle. See shot, participial adjective
  • In cricket, to bound low and close to the ground after pitching: said of a ball bowled.
  • To cast or drop, as the claw of a lobster.
  • n. The act of shooting; the discharge, as of a missile weapon; a shot.
  • n. A match at shooting; also, a shooting-party.
  • n. A young branch which shoots out from the main stock; hence, an annual growth, as the annual layer of growth on the shell of an oyster.
  • n. A sprouting horn or antler.
  • n. Range; reach; shooting distance; shot. Compare ear-shot, and shot, n., 5.
  • n. The thrust of an arch.
  • n. One movement of the shuttle between the threads of the warp, toward the right or left; also, the thread put into its place in a web by this movement; hence, a thread or strand of the weft of any textile.
  • n. In mining:
  • n. An accumulation or mass of ore in a vein, of considerable extent and having some regularity of form; a chimney. See chimney, 4 .
  • n. A sloping trough, or a long narrow box vertically arranged, for conveying articles to a receptacle below, or for discharging ballast, ashes, etc., overboard from a ship; also, an inclined waterway for floating logs: as, a shoot for grain, for coal, for mail-matter, for soiled clothes, etc.; also, a passageway on the side of a steep hill down which wood, coal, etc., are thrown or slid.
  • n. A place for shooting rubbish into.
  • n. A river-fall or rapid, especially one over which timber is floated or through which boats or canoes can shoot.
  • n. An artificial contraction of the channel of a stream in order to increase the depth of the water.
  • n. A part of a dam permanently open or opened at pleasure for any purpose, as to relieve the pressure at a time of high water or to permit the down ward passage of timber or boats.
  • n. The game of shovelboard.
  • n. A crick in the neck.
  • n. A narrow, steep lane.
  • n. A district or estate over which game is shot.
  • n. See sprout, 1 .

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

  • v. variegate by interweaving weft threads of different colors
  • v. emit (as light, flame, or fumes) suddenly and forcefully
  • v. score
  • v. send forth suddenly, intensely, swiftly
  • v. utter fast and forcefully
  • v. force or drive (a fluid or gas) into by piercing
  • n. a new branch
  • v. give an injection to
  • v. measure the altitude of by using a sextant
  • v. produce buds, branches, or germinate
  • v. make a film or photograph of something
  • v. fire a shot
  • v. hit with a missile from a weapon
  • v. spend frivolously and unwisely
  • v. move quickly and violently
  • v. kill by firing a missile
  • v. run or move very quickly or hastily
  • v. throw or propel in a specific direction or towards a specific objective
  • n. the act of shooting at targets
  • v. cause a sharp and sudden pain in
  • v. throw dice, as in a crap game
  • v. record on photographic film


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

Middle English shoten, from Old English scēotan. Interj., alteration of shit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English, from Old English scēotan, from Proto-Germanic *skeutanan, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)keud-. Cognate with Dutch schieten, German schießen, Swedish skjuta; and also Russian кидать (kidát'), Albanian hedh ("to throw, toss") and Lithuanian skudrùs.

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euphemism for shit


  • "They come all day long," my poor friend went on, "and all of them are trash, rubbish that they shoot here; _shoot_, ha! ha '" and he took down

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 103, December 17, 1892

  • You, foreigner, if I tell you to shoot -- _shoot_ -- but not before! "


  • This looks like the perfect refreshing summer pasta dinner; but I have to confess, I don't even know what a pea shoot is and would have thought it was some kind of schoolboy weapon until now.

    Gemelli with Shrimp and 3 Peas

  • Now, just to point out something else, when we usually see U.S. forces under attack in the United States -- I'm sorry, when we usually see U.S. forces coming under attack here in Iraq, it's usually what they call a shoot and scoot technique.

    CNN Transcript Jan 9, 2007

  • So it's the smaller things that can be hidden in homes, set up and what they call a shoot and scoot, those type of things.

    CNN Transcript Jul 21, 2006

  • The US military and law enforcement have used video games back to Duck Hunt to teach trainees in "shoot/don't shoot" choices (largely "shoot" for the military and "don't shoot" for law enforcement, but the techniques are very similar).

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • Even with these two photographs, however, the "shoot" is not over.

    Part 3 - Act 1: The dead baby

  • Hold the fore-end tightly with your front hand when you shoot from the bench.

    How to Sight In Your Slug Shotgun

  • Well, my brother got a little warm on cozy and fell asleep while i was so excited to see deer, hoping to get to watch my cousin shoot something.

    Little Red Squirrel in the Pant Leg

  • The US President cannot take the high road of John McCain's off-the-wall extremist comments and shoot from the hip.

    Is Obama too soft on Iran?


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