AskDefine | Define shoot

Dictionary Definition



1 a new branch
2 the act of shooting at targets; "they hold a shoot every weekend during the summer"


1 hit with a missile from a weapon [syn: hit, pip]
2 kill by firing a missile [syn: pip]
3 fire a shot
4 make a film or photograph of something; "take a scene"; "shoot a movie" [syn: film, take]
5 send forth suddenly, intensely, swiftly; "shoot a glance"
6 run or move very quickly or hastily; "She dashed into the yard" [syn: dart, dash, scoot, scud, flash]
7 move quickly and violently; "The car tore down the street"; "He came charging into my office" [syn: tear, shoot down, charge, buck]
8 throw or propel in a specific direction or towards a specific objective; "shoot craps"; "shoot a golf ball"
9 record on photographic film; "I photographed the scene of the accident"; "She snapped a picture of the President" [syn: photograph, snap]
10 emit (as light, flame, or fumes) suddenly and forcefully; "The dragon shot fumes and flames out of its mouth"
11 cause a sharp and sudden pain in; "The pain shot up her leg"
12 force or drive (a fluid or gas) into by piercing; "inject hydrogen into the balloon" [syn: inject]
13 variegate by interweaving weft threads of different colors; "shoot cloth"
14 throw dice, as in a crap game
15 spend frivolously and unwisely; "Fritter away one's inheritance" [syn: fritter, frivol away, dissipate, fritter away, fool, fool away]
16 score; "shoot a basket"; "shoot a goal"
17 utter fast and forcefully; "She shot back an answer"
18 measure the altitude of by using a sextant; "shoot a star"
19 produce buds, branches, or germinate; "the potatoes sprouted" [syn: spud, germinate, pullulate, bourgeon, burgeon forth, sprout]
20 give an injection to; "We injected the glucose into the patient's vein" [syn: inject] [also: shot]

User Contributed Dictionary



Old English scēotan, from Germanic *skeutanan, from Indo-European *(s)keud-. Cognate with Dutch schieten, German schießen, Swedish skjuta; and (from Indo-European) with Russian кидать, Lithuanian skudrùs.


  • /'Sut/
  • /'ʃut/
  • Rhymes: -uːt


  1. To fire a projectile or energy weapon at.
    The man, in a desperate bid for freedom, grabbed his gun and started shooting anyone he could.
  2. To hit with a projectile or energy beam from such a weapon.
    He was shot by a police officer.
  3. To move very quickly and suddenly.
    After an initial lag, the experimental group's scores shot past the control group's scores in the fourth week.
  4. To photograph.
  5. (professional wrestling) In professional wrestling, 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).
  6. To measure the distance and direction to (a point).
  7. To make the stated score.
    In my round of golf yesterday I shot a 76.
  8. To ejaculate
    After a very short time, he shot his load over the carpet.


to fire a shot
  • Arabic:
  • Chinese: (shè)
  • Czech: střelit
  • Dutch: schieten
  • Esperanto: pafi
  • Finnish: ampua, laukaista
  • French: tirer
  • German: schießen
  • Hebrew: ירה
  • Hungarian: lő
  • Icelandic: skjóta
  • Indonesian: tembak, tembak
  • Italian: sparare
  • Japanese: 撃つ (うつ, utsu)
  • Korean: 쏘다 (ssoda)
  • Norwegian: skyte
  • Portuguese: atirar
  • Russian: выстрелить (výstrelit’)
  • Slovak: streliť, vystreliť
  • Spanish: disparar, tirar
  • Swahili: kupiga risasi
  • Swedish: skjuta
to fire multiple shots
  • Arabic:
  • Chinese: (shè)
  • Czech: střílet
  • Dutch: schieten
  • Esperanto: pafi
  • Finnish: ampua
  • French: tirer
  • German: schießen
  • Hebrew: ירה
  • Hungarian: lő
  • Indonesian: tembak, tembak
  • Italian: sparare
  • Japanese: 撃つ (うつ, utsu)
  • Korean: 쏘다 (ssoda)
  • Norwegian: skyte
  • Portuguese: atirar
  • Russian: стрелять (strelját’)
  • Slovak: strieľať
  • Spanish: disparar, tirar
  • Swahili: kupiga risasi
  • Swedish: skjuta
to hit with a shot


  1. The bud of a plant.
  2. A photography session.
  3. (professional wrestling slang) In professional wrestling, an event that is unscripted or legitimate.


Bud of plant
  • Finnish: verso
Photography session
Finnish: kuvaukset (pl)


  1. (mild expletive, bowlderization) darn; dash; fiddlesticks; expresses disbelief or disdain
    Didn't you have a concert tonight?
    Shoot! I forgot! I have to go and get ready...
  2. Yes, please do.
    Can I ask you a question?
    Okay, when was the battle of Hastings fought?


expressing disdain

Extensive Definition

about new growth in plants Shoots are new plant growth, they can include stems, flowering stems with flower buds, leaves. The new growth from seed germination that grows upward is a shoot where leaves will develop. In the spring, perennial plant shoots are the new growth that grows from the ground in herbaceous plants or the new stem and/or flower growth that grows on woody plants.
In everyday speech, shoots are often confused with stems. Stems, which are a critical component of shoots, provide an axis for buds, fruits, and leaves.
Shoots are often eaten by animals because the fibres in the new growth have not yet completed secondary cell wall development, this makes shoots soft and easer to chew and digest. As shoots grow and age, the cells develop completed cell walls that have a hard and tough structure. As a protection, some plants (eg. bracken) produce toxins that make their shoots inedible or less palatable.

See also

shoot in Bulgarian: Филиз
shoot in Danish: Skud (botanik)
shoot in German: Spross
shoot in French: Germe
shoot in Lithuanian: Ūglys
shoot in Dutch: Scheut (plant)
shoot in Japanese: 芽
shoot in Polish: Pęd (botanika)
shoot in Russian: Побег (ботаника)
shoot in Finnish: Verso

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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