• "'Look out, Father, they are going to shoot you!'"
    "'Look out, Father, they are going to shoot you!'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v shoot give an injection to "We injected the glucose into the patient's vein"
    • v shoot produce buds, branches, or germinate "the potatoes sprouted"
    • v shoot measure the altitude of by using a sextant "shoot a star"
    • v shoot utter fast and forcefully "She shot back an answer"
    • v shoot make a film or photograph of something "take a scene","shoot a movie"
    • v shoot record on photographic film "I photographed the scene of the accident","She snapped a picture of the President"
    • v shoot score "shoot a basket","shoot a goal"
    • v shoot fire a shot "the gunman blasted away"
    • v shoot hit with a missile from a weapon
    • v shoot spend frivolously and unwisely "Fritter away one's inheritance"
    • v shoot throw dice, as in a crap game
    • v shoot variegate by interweaving weft threads of different colors "shoot cloth"
    • v shoot force or drive (a fluid or gas) into by piercing "inject hydrogen into the balloon"
    • v shoot throw or propel in a specific direction or towards a specific objective "shoot craps","shoot a golf ball"
    • v shoot move quickly and violently "The car tore down the street","He came charging into my office"
    • v shoot run or move very quickly or hastily "She dashed into the yard"
    • v shoot send forth suddenly, intensely, swiftly "shoot a glance"
    • v shoot cause a sharp and sudden pain in "The pain shot up her leg"
    • v shoot kill by firing a missile
    • v shoot emit (as light, flame, or fumes) suddenly and forcefully "The dragon shot fumes and flames out of its mouth"
    • n shoot the act of shooting at targets "they hold a shoot every weekend during the summer"
    • n shoot a new branch
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

"'Please do not shoot me!'" "'Please do not shoot me!'"
sporting gentleman on shoot sporting gentleman on shoot
Don't Shoot, Please 019 Don't Shoot, Please 019
Group of children going shooting Group of children going shooting
The Baron shoots at the snake The Baron shoots at the snake

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Chocolate syrup was used for blood in the famous 45 second shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock's movie, Psycho, which actually took 7 days to shoot.
    • Shoot A rush of water; a rapid.
    • Shoot A shoat; a young hog.
    • Shoot (Min) A vein of ore running in the same general direction as the lode.
    • Shoot (Weaving) A weft thread shot through the shed by the shuttle; a pick.
    • Shoot A young branch or growth. "Superfluous branches and shoots of this second spring."
    • n Shoot 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.
    • Shoot The act of shooting; the discharge of a missile; a shot; as, the shoot of a shuttle. "The Turkish bow giveth a very forcible shoot .""One underneath his horse to get a shoot doth stalk."
    • Shoot To be shot or propelled forcibly; -- said of a missile; to be emitted or driven; to move or extend swiftly, as if propelled; as, a shooting star. "There shot a streaming lamp along the sky."
    • Shoot To cause an engine or weapon to discharge a missile; -- said of a person or an agent; as, they shot at a target; he shoots better than he rides. "The archers have . . . shot at him."
    • Shoot To change form suddenly; especially, to solidify. "If the menstruum be overcharged, metals will shoot into crystals."
    • Shoot To discharge a missile; -- said of an engine or instrument; as, the gun shoots well.
    • Shoot To discharge, causing a missile to be driven forth; -- followed by a word denoting the weapon or instrument, as an object; -- often with off; as, to shoot a gun. "The two ends od a bow, shot off, fly from one another."
    • Shoot To feel a quick, darting pain; to throb in pain. "These preachers make
      His head to shoot and ache."
    • Shoot To germinate; to bud; to sprout. "Onions, as they hang, will shoot forth.""But the wild olive shoots , and shades the ungrateful plain."
    • Shoot To grow; to advance; as, to shoot up rapidly. "Well shot in years he seemed.""Delightful task! to rear the tender thought,
      To teach the young idea how to shoot ."
    • Shoot 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. "If you please
      To shoot an arrow that self way."
    • Shoot (Naut) To move ahead by force of momentum, as a sailing vessel when the helm is put hard alee.
    • Shoot To pass rapidly through, over, or under; as, to shoot a rapid or a bridge; to shoot a sand bar. "She . . . shoots the Stygian sound."
    • Shoot To penetrate, as a missile; to dart with a piercing sensation; as, shooting pains. "Thy words shoot through my heart."
    • Shoot (Carp) To plane straight; to fit by planing. "Two pieces of wood that are shot , that is, planed or else pared with a paring chisel."
    • Shoot To protrude; to jut; to project; to extend; as, the land shoots into a promontory. "There shot up against the dark sky, tall, gaunt, straggling houses."
    • Shoot To push or thrust forward; to project; to protrude; -- often with out; as, a plant shoots out a bud. "They shoot out the lip, they shake the head.""Beware the secret snake that shoots a sting."
    • Shoot To send out or forth, especially with a rapid or sudden motion; to cast with the hand; to hurl; to discharge; to emit. "An honest weaver as ever shot shuttle.""A pit into which the dead carts had nightly shot corpses by scores."
    • Shoot 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. "When Roger shot the hawk hovering over his master's dove house."
    • Shoot To variegate as if by sprinkling or intermingling; to color in spots or patches. "The tangled water courses slept, Shot over with purple, and green, and yellow."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Frankfort, Kentucky, makes it against the law to shoot off a policeman's tie.
    • shoot To dart forth; rush or move along rapidly; dart along.
    • shoot To be emitted, as light, in darting rays or flashes: as, the aurora shot up to the zenith.
    • shoot To dart along, as pain through the nerves; hence, to be affected with sharp darting pains.
    • shoot To come forth, as a plant; put forth buds or shoots; sprout; germinate.
    • shoot To increase rapidly in growth; grow quickly taller or larger: often with up.
    • shoot To send out spicula; condense into spicula or shoots, as in crystallization.
    • shoot To lie as if pushed out; project; jut; stretch.
    • shoot To perform the act of discharging a missile, as from an engine, a bow, or a gun; fire.
    • shoot Specifically, to follow or practise the sport of killing birds or other game, large or small, with a gun; hunt.
    • shoot To go out shooting with (a dog or dogs): said of sportsmen.
    • shoot To hunt upon: as, to shoot over a moor.
    • shoot 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.
    • shoot To emit, as a ray; dart.
    • shoot To drive, cast, or throw, as a shuttle in weaving.
    • shoot To push or thrust sharply in any direction; dart forth; protrude.
    • shoot 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.
    • shoot To let fly, or cause to be propelled, as an arrow by releasing the bowstring, or a bullet or ball by igniting the charge.
    • shoot To discharge (a missile weapon), as a bow by releasing its string, or a gun by igniting its charge: often with off.
    • shoot To strike with anything shot; hit, wound, or kill with a missile discharged from a weapon; put to death or execute by shooting.
    • shoot To pass rapidly through, under, or over: as, to shoot a rapid or a bridge.
    • shoot In mining, to blast.
    • shoot 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.
    • shoot To hunt over; kill game in or on.
    • shoot In carpentry, to plane straight, or fit by planing.
    • shoot 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
    • n shoot The act of shooting; the discharge, as of a missile weapon; a shot.
    • n shoot A match at shooting; also, a shooting-party.
    • n shoot 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 shoot A sprouting horn or antler.
    • n shoot Range; reach; shooting distance; shot. Compare ear-shot, and shot, n., 5.
    • n shoot The thrust of an arch.
    • n shoot 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 shoot In mining:
    • n shoot An accumulation or mass of ore in a vein, of considerable extent and having some regularity of form; a chimney. See chimney, 4 . In some mines the shoots or chimneys of ore have, although narrow, a remarkable persistency in depth and parallelism with each other.
    • n shoot 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 shoot A place for shooting rubbish into.
    • n shoot A river-fall or rapid, especially one over which timber is floated or through which boats or canoes can shoot.
    • n shoot An artificial contraction of the channel of a stream in order to increase the depth of the water.
    • n shoot 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 shoot The game of shovelboard.
    • n shoot A crick in the neck.
    • n shoot A narrow, steep lane.
    • shoot In cricket, to bound low and close to the ground after pitching: said of a ball bowled.
    • shoot To cast or drop, as the claw of a lobster.
    • n shoot A district or estate over which game is shot.
    • n shoot See sprout, 1 .
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Tennessee, it is illegal to shoot any game other than whales from a moving automobile.
    • v.t Shoot shōōt to dart: to let fly with force: to discharge from a bow or gun: to strike with a shot: to thrust forward: to pass rapidly through: to lay out, place in position: to hunt over, to kill game in or on: to send forth new parts, as a plant
    • v.i Shoot to perform the act of shooting: to variegate, to colour in spots or threads: to be driven along: to fly, as an arrow: to jut out: to germinate: to advance or grow rapidly: to hunt birds, &c., with a gun:—pa.t. and pa.p. shot
    • n Shoot act of shooting: a match at shooting, shooting-party: a young branch:
    • n Shoot (Shak.) a sprouting horn: a passage-way in a mine for letting one down: a sloping trough used for discharging articles or goods from a height: a river-fall, rapid
    • ***


  • Alfred E. Smith
    Alfred E. Smith
    “Nobody shoots at Santa Claus.”
  • Voltaire
    “God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “If you shoot at a king you must kill him.”
  • Christopher Morley
    “Big shots are only little shots who keep shooting.”
  • Theodore Roosevelt
    “I want to see you shoot the way you shout.”
  • Proverb
    “Talking without thinking is like shooting without taking aim.”


Don't shoot the messenger - This phrase can be used when breaking some bad news to someone and you don't want to be blamed for the news. ('Don't kill the messenger' is also used.)
Shoot down in flames - If someone demolishes your argument, it (and you) have been shot down in flames.
Shoot from the hip - Someone who shoots from the hip talks very directly or insensitively without thinking beforehand.
Shoot the breeze - When you shoot the breeze, you chat in a relaxed way.
Shoot your wad - When you have shot your wad, you have expended everything and have no more to say or do about a matter.
Shoot yourself in the foot - If you shoot yourself in the foot, you do something that damages your ambition, career, etc.
Shooting fish in a barrel - If something is like shooting fish in a barrel, it is so easy that success is guaranteed.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. shotien, schotien, AS. scotian, v. i., sceótan,; akin to D. schieten, G. schieen, OHG. sciozan, Icel. skjta, Sw. skjuta, Dan. skyde,; cf. Skr. skund, to jump. √159. Cf. Scot a contribution, Scout to reject, Scud Scuttle (v. i.) Shot Sheet Shut Shuttle Skittish Skittles


In literature:

If you shoot, we'll shoot.
"Across the Mesa" by Jarvis Hall
And then I'd have to shoot him up some.
"The Trail to Yesterday" by Charles Alden Seltzer
Maybe it was the same Mex that did the shooting!
"The Boy Ranchers on Roaring River" by Willard F. Baker
Wish I could stay and shoot grouse with you, but I can't.
"A Young Man in a Hurry" by Robert W. Chambers
When we was camped at Rawlins' Springs, shooting antelope.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
If they do shoot us both, they'll have had to pay for it.
"The Kopje Garrison" by George Manville Fenn
No talk; other fellow hear um, and sailor man shoot one side, Massa Huggin man shoot other side, and no get to cottage at all.
"Hunting the Skipper" by George Manville Fenn
You don't want to miss fire when you get a chance to shoot at a fox.
"Ben Comee" by M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
I will shoot man or dog that attempts to touch me.
"Watch and Wait" by Oliver Optic
He was aware of wanting to shoot only after he had heard the shot.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison

In poetry:

Vain question—for the Sphinx-like years are mute,
And will not answer, but this promise seen,
Will ever stand a statue veil'd to shoot
White hands to all the fond what might have been.
"David Gray" by Alexander Anderson
The loss is theirs. And yet what mighty fruit
Will spring from it in the far coming time?
What tendrils from this man will grow and shoot
From heart to heart, and on from clime to clime?
"Livingstone" by Alexander Anderson
Thy voice is like a fountain
Leaping up in sunshine bright,
And I never weary counting
Its clear droppings, lone and single, Or when in one full gush they mingle,
Shooting in melodious light.
"To Perdita, Singing" by James Russell Lowell
And the sound of them springing
And smell of their shoots
Were as warmth and sweet singing
And strength to my roots;
And the lives of my children made perfect with freedom of soul were my fruits.
"Hertha" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
And during her reign in this world of trouble and strife
Several attempts were made to take her life;
Maclean he tried to shoot her, but he did fail,
But he was arrested and sent to an aaylum, which made him bewail.
"The Death of the Queen" by William Topaz McGonagall
Hints and guesses of its grandeur, broken shadows, sudden gleams,
Like a falling star shoot past me, quenched within a sea of dreams,—
But the unimagined glory lying in the dark beyond,
Is to these as morn to midnight, or as silence is to sound.
"Beyond" by Kate Seymour Maclean

In news:

Let's see, you can shoot outdoor targets, indoors ranges, stump shooting, bowfishing, golf archery, 3D shoots or hunting.
Plant shooting victim's wife baffled by shooting.
AgSafe Shooting Extravaganza Nov 2, Bakersfield : Charity Trap Shoot, Practical Shooting Match and Professional Shooting Exhibition.
The police wound up shooting and killing the man who had done the shooting.
Police documents provided to The Associated Press say that the two Tulsa shooting suspects confessed to Friday's shooting spree.
In one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history, 27 people -- including 18 children -- died Friday morning during a shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.
The shooting appeared to be the nation's second-deadliest school shooting, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007.
Lady Trojan forward Michelle Barkley shoots in Oak Ridge’s game against Pleasant Grove during the Trojan Shoot-Out Saturday.
WASHINGTON—The suspect in the Connecticut school shootings is Adam Lanza, 20, the son of a teacher at the school where the shootings occurred, a law enforcement official said Friday.
Cary Eagle Scout is charged with fatal shooting in Alabama trailer park Former ASC student accused of shooting man in Alabama.
School shooting in Newtown, CT. Special coverage of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, CT on
EPA man arrested for shooting on US 101 Three people injured in Sept 30 shooting in Belmont.
An Ohio school where three students were killed earlier this year in a shooting spree is bringing in extra counselors following the mass shooting at a Connecticut school.
Wilcox tended to shoot from his shoulder and was initially resistant to his father 's insistence on shoot...
The Livingston Police Department is getting into the Halloween spirit by holding its first "zombie shoot" competition today -- a spirited approach to training officers on shooting firearms .

In science:

By classical shooting methods, when n = 1 (a scalar equation) and ν = 0 (the positive definite case) a gap condition expressed in terms of the rotation number is sufficient for the existence of multiple solutions with a prescribed number of zeros.
A Multiplicity result for a class of strongly indefinite asymptotically linear second order systems
In order to distinguish the solutions we use a generalized shooting method initiated in the linear case by L.
A Multiplicity result for a class of strongly indefinite asymptotically linear second order systems
In this section we show how the shooting method can give a global result about chaos for this equation.
A shooting approach to layers and chaos for a forced Duffing equation
A one-parameter shooting process as in the proof of Theorem 12 inherently gives an ordering of the initial conditions corresponding to different sequences.
A shooting approach to layers and chaos for a forced Duffing equation
We expect that a proof of this conjecture using shooting methods, at least for some class of forcing functions, will be part of our next paper.
A shooting approach to layers and chaos for a forced Duffing equation