verb (used with object), un·der·shot, un·der·shoot·ing.
- to shoot or launch a projectile that strikes under or short of (a target).
- Aeronautics. (of an aircraft or pilot) to land before reaching (a landing strip) because of a too rapid loss of altitude.
verb (used without object), un·der·shot, un·der·shoot·ing.
- to shoot or launch a projectile so as to strike under or short of a target.
verb -shoots, -shooting or -shot
- (of a pilot) to cause (an aircraft) to land short of (a runway) or (of an aircraft) to land in this way
- to shoot a projectile so that it falls short of (a target)
v.1660s, “to shoot too low,” from under + shoot (v.). In reference to aircraft or pilots, recorded from 1918. Undershot as a type of water wheel is recorded from c.1600. n.
- A temporary decrease below the final steady-state value that may occur immediately following the removal of an influence that had been raising that value.