overshoot: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (v.ō"vur-sht'n.ō'vur-sht"), [key]
— v., n. -shot, -shoot•ing,
  1. to shoot or go over, beyond, or above; miss: The missile overshot its target.
  2. to pass or go by or beyond (a point, limit, etc.): to overshoot a stop sign.
  3. to shoot or pour down over: turbulent water overshooting the top of the dam.
  4. to overreach (oneself or itself&hasp;); go further than is intended or proper; go too far: It looked as though his self-confidence had overshot itself.
  5. (of an aircraft or pilot) to fly too far along (a landing strip) in attempting to land.
  1. to fly or go beyond.
  2. to shoot over or above a mark.
  1. a shooting beyond a specified point or target: two overshoots in the missile test series.
  2. the amount of excessive distance in a trajectory or route: a two-mile overshoot on the artillery range.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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