Definition of overshoot in English:

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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: /ˈōvərˌSHo͞ot/
An act of going past or beyond a point, target, or limit.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: o·ver·shoot

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