Definition of overshoot in English:


Syllabification: o·ver·shoot


Pronunciation: /ˌōvərˈSHo͞ot
(past and past participle overshot) [with object]
  • 1Go past (a point) unintentionally, especially through traveling too fast or being unable to stop: they overshot their intended destination [no object]: he had overshot by fifty yards but backed up to the junction
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    • I overshot the jump just to see how far I could go and when we measured it, it amounted to 21 buses.
    • ONE MUST have been a witness to innumerable instances of two-wheeler riders jumping or overshooting a signal with impunity.
    • Keagan filled the cup with ice, smothered in whipped cream, and set it down on the counter so fast that it overshot its destination and ended up on the floor.
  • 1.1(Of an aircraft) fly beyond or taxi too far along (the runway) when landing or taking off: he has overshot the landing strip again
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    • Reuters reports his Cessna Citation 5 airplane overshot the runway during a landing in Italy.
    • The owners of a commuter aircraft, which overshot the runway with 40 passengers on board and ended up with its nose in the sea, have blamed the accident on bad weather.
    • Ifalpa wants airports constrained by space restrictions to be forced to install ‘arrester strips’ that slow down aircraft which have overshot runways.
  • 1.2Exceed (a target or limit): the department may overshoot its cash limit
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    • The governor of the Bank of England would have to write to the chancellor to explain why inflation had overshot its target.
    • Corporations can trade emissions credits, negotiate subsidies for new technologies, and enjoy huge tax breaks for overshooting their environmental targets.
    • The aim is to stop the number of new homes overshooting an agreed limit of 7,400 between 1991 and 2006.


Pronunciation: /ˈōvərSHo͞ot
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  • An act of going past or beyond a point, target, or limit.
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    • But the price of that performance will likely be an overshoot in its public-deficit target for 2001 and 2002.
    • This overshoot can also be controlled by limiting output slew rate, but as mentioned above this solution will be problematic if greater bus speed is desired.
    • Hence, one could make the case that large exchange-rate overshoots may in fact be a normal aspect of a floating exchange-rate system, and if so, efforts should not be made to limit the magnitude of such overshoots.

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