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Definition of "overshoot" []

  • To shoot or pass over or beyond. (verb-transitive)
  • To miss by or as if by shooting, hitting, or propelling something too far. (verb-transitive)
  • To fly beyond or past; overrun: The plane overshot the runway. (verb-transitive)
  • To go beyond; exceed. (verb-transitive)
  • To shoot or go too far. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "overshoot" in a sentence
  • "The report says the overshoot is largely due to carbon emissions, and now accounts for half of humanity's ecological footprint."
  • "The gist of the post, written by a Canadian soil scientist, is that the Earth's human population has basically been in overshoot mode ever since early civilizations put down their bows, atlatls and spears in favor of hoes and plows."
  • "Humanity has probably been in overshoot of the Earth's carrying capacity since it abandoned hunter gathering in favor of crop cultivation (~ 8,000 BCE) and it has been running up its ecological debt since that time."