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SHOOT, verb transitive prte. and participle passive shot. The old participle shotten, is obsolete. [Latin scateo, to shoot out water.]

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.

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 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 of 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. Psalms 22:7.

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.

11. To fit to each other by planing; a workman's term.

Two pieces of wood that are shot, that is, planed or pared with a chisel.


12. To kill by a ball, arrow or other thing shot; as, to shoot a duck.

SHOOT, verb intransitive

1. To perform the act of discharging, sending with force, or driving any thing by means of an engine or instrument; as, ot shoot at a target or mark.

When you shoot, and shut one eye. Prior.

The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him. Genesis 49:1.

2. To germinate; to bud; to sprout; to send forth branches.

But the wild olive shoots and shades the ungrateful plane. Dryden.

Delightjul task,

To teach the young idea how to shoot. Thomson.

3. To form by shooting, or by an arrangement of particles into spiculae. Metals shoot into crystals. Every salt shoots into crystals of a determinate form.

4. To be emitted, sent forth or driven along.

There shot a streaming lamp along the sky. Dryden.

5. To protuberate; to be pushed out; to jut; to project. The land shoots into a promontory.

6. To pass, as an arrow or pointed instrument; to penetrate.

The words shoot through my heart. Addison.

7. To grow rapidly; to become by rapid growth. The boy soon shoots up to a man.

He'll soon shoot up a hero. Dryden.

8. To move with velocity; as a shooting star.

9. To feel a quick darting pain. My templesshoot

To shoot ahead, to outstrip in running, flying or sailing.

SHOOT, noun

1. The act of propelling or driving any thing with violence; the discharge of a fire-arm or bow; as a good shot.

The Turkish bow giveth a very forcible shoot. Bacon.

2. The act of striking or endeavoring to strike with a massive weapon.

3. A young branch.

Prune off superfluous branches and shoots of this second spring. Evelyn.

4. A young swine. [In New England pronounced shote.]