Definition of shooting in English:

shooting

Syllabification: shoot·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈSHo͞odiNG
 
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noun

1The action or practice of shooting: the unprovoked shooting of civilians by soldiers 20,000 fatal shootings a year
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  • The live firing practices included rapid-fire shoots enabling reconnaissance members to practice accurate instinctive shooting.
  • You've been practicing your shooting in here again, haven't you?
  • And with that he walked away through the crowd that had gathered to practice their shooting.
1.1The sport or pastime of shooting with a gun.
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  • The inaugural games of the modern Olympics, held in Athens in 1896, included shooting, and the sport has been part of the Commonwealth Games since 1966.
  • Gary added: ‘The air weapons section is growing and we hope to be a competitive force in the sport of shooting.’
  • Weightlifting and even sports such as fencing and shooting may also have cause for concern.
1.2The right of shooting game over an area of land.
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  • There also is fishing available in local lochs, and stalking or grouse shooting on neighbouring estates.
1.3An estate or other area rented to shoot over.

adjective

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1Moving or growing quickly: shooting beams of light played over the sea
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  • Kiki was still out there even though it had grown dark, shooting skyrockets zipped and exploded into myriad colors in the night dark sky.
  • Her face hit the wall and he spun her around and slammed her into it - her head exploding into a thousand shooting lights.
1.1(Of a pain) sudden and piercing.
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  • When I turned 28, I started suffering from sharp, shooting pains in my knees.
  • They also help control the type of stabbing or shooting pain sometimes caused by nerve damage.
  • He has also had to endure shooting pains in different parts of his body, abdominal discomfort, nausea and some irregular heartbeats.

Phrases

the whole shooting match

informal Everything: the whole shooting match is being computerized
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  • On some farms, he notes, ‘the cost of quota exceeds the cost of land, animals, equipment - the whole shooting match.’
  • A round of applause for Melissa please, for behind every successful man is an intelligent woman orchestrating the whole shooting match.
  • Not only my department, but the whole shooting match will cease to exist at the end of the year.

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