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over- +‎ shoot


overshoot ‎(plural overshoots)

  1. (uncountable) The amount by which something goes too far.
    Let's see if we can predict and correct for the overshoot.
  2. (countable, ecology) When the population of a species exceeds its environment's carrying capacity.


overshoot ‎(third-person singular simple present overshoots, present participle overshooting, simple past and past participle overshot)

  1. To go past something; to go too far.
    When you drive, you must remember to not overshoot the parking space and end up with two wheels over the line.
  2. To shoot beyond; to shoot too far to hit something.
    • South
      not to overshoot his game
  3. To pass swiftly over; to fly beyond.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Hartle to this entry?)
  4. (figuratively) To exceed.
    to overshoot the truth
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Cowper to this entry?)