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Past tense and past participle of overshoot.
adj. (ō′vər-shŏt′)
1. Having an upper part projecting beyond the lower: an overshot jaw.
2. Operated by water that flows over the top from above: an overshot water wheel.
n. (ō′vər-shŏt′)
A pattern in weaving made when filling threads are passed over two or more warp threads.


1. (Zoology) having or designating an upper jaw that projects beyond the lower jaw, esp when considered as an abnormality
2. (Mechanical Engineering) (of a water wheel) driven by a flow of water that passes over the wheel rather than under it. Compare undershot


(adj., n. ˈoʊ vərˌʃɒt; v. -ˈʃɒt)

1. driven by water passing over the top from above: an overshot water wheel.
2. having the upper jaw projecting beyond the lower, as a dog.
3. pt. and pp. of overshoot.
4. (in weaving) a pattern formed when filling threads are passed over several warp threads at a time.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.overshot - having an upper part projecting beyond the lower; "an overshot jaw"
protrusive - thrusting outward
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Dunsey perceived that he had overshot his mark, and that there was a point at which even the hesitating Godfrey might be driven into decision.
The abbe saw he had overshot the mark, and he added quickly, -- "No one; but in order to have known everything so well, you must have been an eye-witness.
The old fellow, however, overshot his mark, and mistook the character of the man he was treating with.
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You have clean overshot the butts this time, mon camarade.
For a while he managed very well; indeed, he was a model of moderation and prudence - something too much so for the tastes of our wild community; but, somehow, Lowborough had not the gift of moderation: if he stumbled a little to one side, he must go down before he could right himself: if he overshot the mark one night, the effects of it rendered him so miserable the next day that he must repeat the offence to mend it; and so on from day to day, till his clamorous conscience brought him to a stand.
At such times, when the fun rippled and soared from height to height, suddenly, without rhyme or reason, his eyes would turn lacklustre, his brows knit, as with clenched hands and face overshot with spasms of mental pain he wrestled on the edge of the abyss with some unknown danger.
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