Definition of shooting in English:

shooting

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The action or practice of shooting.

    ‘the unprovoked shooting of civilians by soldiers’
    [count noun] ‘20,000 fatal shootings a year’
    • ‘The number of shootings of civilians is skyrocketing.’
    • ‘Federal Bureau of Investigation officials are investigating both shootings as hate crimes.’
    • ‘Numerous school shootings occurred in the 1980s and 1970s.’
    • ‘Incidents involving police shootings of these individuals have led to inquiry after inquiry.’
    • ‘Eight of the fatal shootings have occurred in Dublin, while two have taken place in Limerick.’
    • ‘‘This shooting could have had fatal consequences,’ he said.’
    • ‘And with that he walked away through the crowd that had gathered to practice their shooting.’
    • ‘Police are continuing to investigate potential links with a number of other gangland style shootings.’
    • ‘Throughout the invasion and occupation there has been torture, dawn raids and shootings of civilians.’
    • ‘Today, school shootings are occurring at an alarming frequency.’
    • ‘But it is understood that two reported shootings in the area are connected with the growing drugs trade.’
    • ‘Officers found a juvenile who witnessed the shooting, but they would not elaborate.’
    • ‘You've been practicing your shooting in here again, haven't you?’
    • ‘The live firing practices included rapid-fire shoots enabling reconnaissance members to practice accurate instinctive shooting.’
    • ‘And what led to this fatal shooting of an airline passenger?’
    • ‘The parking lot where the shooting happened is an open, public, unsecured area.’
    • ‘Police classified the incident as a random drive-by shooting.’
    • ‘Many people witness the shooting but no one does anything to confront the militiamen.’
    • ‘The drive-by shooting began much earlier than her nephew thought.’
    • ‘A difficult wait for a community very concerned about an unexplained fatal shooting of one of its citizens, and that wait over tomorrow.’
    1. 1.1The sport or pastime of shooting with a gun.
      • ‘A gamekeeper who works for a private estate in the valley said other country sports like fishing and shooting were threatened if a ban was introduced.’
      • ‘For the more active there is an adjacent 18 hole golf course and other outdoor pursuits such as archery and clay pigeon shooting are possible in the grounds.’
      • ‘As Britain's largest country sports organisation, BASC is committed to providing training in the safe use of guns to young people interested in taking up the sport of shooting.’
      • ‘Cowboy action shooting doesn't have a lot of negatives about it.’
      • ‘He told me he also enjoys trap and skeet shooting with his daughters.’
      • ‘At one time, I felt the socializing aspect of cowboy shooting should be played down.’
      • ‘In fact, gun ownership or enjoyment of sport shooting doesn't seem to be tied to wealth or social class at all.’
      • ‘He had a great interest in sport, especially fishing, boxing, coursing shooting and soccer.’
      • ‘Do not expect to feel up to a little grouse shooting when you disembark.’
      • ‘Fish shooting is a sport in Vermont and every spring, hunters break out their artillery and head to the marshes to exercise their right to shoot fish.’
      • ‘Field sports, including shooting, stalking and fishing, have long been an integral part of life in Scotland and many disciplines are synonymous with the country itself.’
      • ‘Gary added: ‘The air weapons section is growing and we hope to be a competitive force in the sport of shooting.’’
      • ‘Weightlifting and even sports such as fencing and shooting may also have cause for concern.’
      • ‘We expected medals in hockey, tennis, long jump and shooting.’
      • ‘My friend did some skeet shooting from various stands, I guess you call them.’
      • ‘Cowboy shooting is taking the country by storm.’
      • ‘The inaugural games of the modern Olympics, held in Athens in 1896, included shooting, and the sport has been part of the Commonwealth Games since 1966.’
      • ‘Many of these competitors began the sport of shooting with air guns bought from local shops.’
      • ‘More than an antique gun club, cowboy action shooting is a sport devoted to preserving the styles and ideals as well as the weapons of the Old West.’
      • ‘The association says grouse shooting conserves both the birds and the heather.’
    2. 1.2The right of shooting game over an area of land.
      • ‘There also is fishing available in local lochs, and stalking or grouse shooting on neighbouring estates.’
    3. 1.3[count noun]An estate or other area rented to shoot over.

adjective

  • 1Moving or growing quickly.

    ‘shooting beams of light played over the sea’
    • ‘Kiki was still out there even though it had grown dark, shooting skyrockets zipped and exploded into myriad colors in the night dark sky.’
    • ‘Her face hit the wall and he spun her around and slammed her into it - her head exploding into a thousand shooting lights.’
    excruciating, agonizing, violent, intense, dreadful, awful, terrible, frightful, unbearable, intolerable, unendurable
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    1. 1.1(of a pain) sudden and piercing.
      ‘I often feel a shooting pain at the end of my left arm’
      • ‘When I went to yank the pillow, I had never used that muscle and sharp pains started shooting everywhere.’
      • ‘When I turned 28, I started suffering from sharp, shooting pains in my knees.’
      • ‘I had shooting pains, and my right arm and fingers and shoulder were useless.’
      • ‘This kind of shooting pain is very common and usually normal.’
      • ‘The jolting from walking here from the scoober had caused her broken arm to have shooting pains, and this time they weren't stopping.’
      • ‘If your pain persists for more than a week or is accompanied by redness, shooting pain, swelling or a clicking sound in your joints, you may have a more serious injury.’
      • ‘He is taking strong painkillers, but has bad nights, with shooting pains in his head.’
      • ‘The girl was thrown to the ground and landed on her lower spine, sending a shooting pain up her back and she was unable to get up.’
      • ‘Now, if someone else were to do that to you, and with considerable force, you would not only experience shooting pain, but also find yourself somewhat unable to move.’
      • ‘A cold shooting pain from her arms is her reward.’
      • ‘Then one day at work, I started getting shooting pains along my scar line from my previous birth.’
      • ‘He still suffered shooting pain in his face, as well as toothache and had been left with money problems after the attack in February.’
      • ‘They also help control the type of stabbing or shooting pain sometimes caused by nerve damage.’
      • ‘Chemo medicine may cause temporary nerve damage, which can result in burning, numbness, tingling, or shooting pain in the fingers and toes.’
      • ‘By the end of the ride, I was suffering from heat exhaustion and sweating profusely, and I had shooting pains in my inner thighs.’
      • ‘He has also had to endure shooting pains in different parts of his body, abdominal discomfort, nausea and some irregular heartbeats.’
      • ‘My right ear was sending shooting pains through my head and being the usual hypochondriac that I was I immediately diagnosed myself the worst possible illness.’
      • ‘No, I just crawl around complaining of a shooting pain in my head and sensing my vision get progressively weirder.’
      • ‘Simultaneously, a shooting pain went through my left wrist.’
      • ‘I said, ‘I feel fine, but once in a week, I have kind of shooting pain in my ribs.’’

Pronunciation:

shooting

/ˈʃuːtɪŋ/