Definition of shooting in English:

shooting

noun

mass noun
  • 1The action or practice of shooting with a gun.

    ‘the events that led up to the shooting of the man’
    count noun ‘20,000 fatal shootings a year’
    • ‘Officers found a juvenile who witnessed the shooting, but they would not elaborate.’
    • ‘And what led to this fatal shooting of an airline passenger?’
    • ‘Throughout the invasion and occupation there has been torture, dawn raids and shootings of civilians.’
    • ‘A difficult wait for a community very concerned about an unexplained fatal shooting of one of its citizens, and that wait over tomorrow.’
    • ‘And with that he walked away through the crowd that had gathered to practice their shooting.’
    • ‘Numerous school shootings occurred in the 1980s and 1970s.’
    • ‘Police are continuing to investigate potential links with a number of other gangland style shootings.’
    • ‘The live firing practices included rapid-fire shoots enabling reconnaissance members to practice accurate instinctive 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.’
    • ‘The parking lot where the shooting happened is an open, public, unsecured area.’
    • ‘Eight of the fatal shootings have occurred in Dublin, while two have taken place in Limerick.’
    • ‘Today, school shootings are occurring at an alarming frequency.’
    • ‘Police classified the incident as a random drive-by shooting.’
    • ‘Incidents involving police shootings of these individuals have led to inquiry after inquiry.’
    • ‘The number of shootings of civilians is skyrocketing.’
    • ‘Federal Bureau of Investigation officials are investigating both shootings as hate crimes.’
    • ‘But it is understood that two reported shootings in the area are connected with the growing drugs trade.’
    • ‘You've been practicing your shooting in here again, haven't you?’
    • ‘‘This shooting could have had fatal consequences,’ he said.’
    1. 1.1 The sport or pastime of shooting with a gun.
      • ‘My friend did some skeet shooting from various stands, I guess you call them.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The association says grouse shooting conserves both the birds and the heather.’
      • ‘Cowboy shooting is taking the country by storm.’
      • ‘Weightlifting and even sports such as fencing and shooting may also have cause for concern.’
      • ‘Gary added: ‘The air weapons section is growing and we hope to be a competitive force in the sport of shooting.’’
      • ‘He had a great interest in sport, especially fishing, boxing, coursing shooting and soccer.’
      • ‘Many of these competitors began the sport of shooting with air guns bought from local shops.’
      • ‘Do not expect to feel up to a little grouse shooting when you disembark.’
      • ‘Cowboy action shooting doesn't have a lot of negatives about it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In fact, gun ownership or enjoyment of sport shooting doesn't seem to be tied to wealth or social class at all.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We expected medals in hockey, tennis, long jump and shooting.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 The 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. 1.3count noun An estate or other area rented to shoot over.
  • 2The action of filming or photographing a scene, film, etc.

    ‘the shooting of a music video’

adjective

  • 1Moving or growing quickly.

    ‘shooting beams of light played over the sea’
    • ‘Her face hit the wall and he spun her around and slammed her into it - her head exploding into a thousand shooting lights.’
    • ‘Kiki was still out there even though it had grown dark, shooting skyrockets zipped and exploded into myriad colors in the night dark sky.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When I turned 28, I started suffering from sharp, shooting pains in my knees.’
      • ‘Then one day at work, I started getting shooting pains along my scar line from my previous birth.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When I went to yank the pillow, I had never used that muscle and sharp pains started shooting everywhere.’
      • ‘I had shooting pains, and my right arm and fingers and shoulder were useless.’
      • ‘He has also had to endure shooting pains in different parts of his body, abdominal discomfort, nausea and some irregular heartbeats.’
      • ‘They also help control the type of stabbing or shooting pain sometimes caused by nerve damage.’
      • ‘This kind of shooting pain is very common and usually normal.’
      • ‘I said, ‘I feel fine, but once in a week, I have kind of shooting pain in my ribs.’’
      • ‘By the end of the ride, I was suffering from heat exhaustion and sweating profusely, and I had shooting pains in my inner thighs.’
      • ‘The jolting from walking here from the scoober had caused her broken arm to have shooting pains, and this time they weren't stopping.’
      • ‘No, I just crawl around complaining of a shooting pain in my head and sensing my vision get progressively weirder.’
      • ‘He is taking strong painkillers, but has bad nights, with shooting pains in his head.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He still suffered shooting pain in his face, as well as toothache and had been left with money problems after the attack in February.’
      • ‘Chemo medicine may cause temporary nerve damage, which can result in burning, numbness, tingling, or shooting pain in the fingers and toes.’
      • ‘Simultaneously, a shooting pain went through my left wrist.’
      • ‘A cold shooting pain from her arms is her reward.’
      intense, excruciating, agonizing, sharp, stabbing, stinging, severe, extreme, fierce, harrowing, searing, penetrating, racking, insufferable, unbearable, unendurable, torturous
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Phrases

  • the whole shooting match

    • informal Everything.

      ‘the whole shooting match is being computerized’
      • ‘A round of applause for Melissa please, for behind every successful man is an intelligent woman orchestrating the whole shooting match.’
      • ‘But I can remember the days when a smile, a wink of the eye or an arch of the eyebrow set off the whole shooting match and a light fire would run beneath my skin.’
      • ‘‘I built a 16-track studio and started educating myself about microphones, preamps - the whole shooting match,’ he says.’
      • ‘Not only my department, but the whole shooting match will cease to exist at the end of the year.’
      • ‘On some farms, he notes, ‘the cost of quota exceeds the cost of land, animals, equipment - the whole shooting match.’’
      • ‘Once he has sold out, your boss most likely will try to put one of his old boys in charge of at least haft your job, maybe the whole shooting match.’
      • ‘You need a good heavy one and even hang the camera bag from the central pole, just to stabilize the whole shooting match even further.’
      • ‘It is, however, important to remember that the climax of the whole shooting match does not arrive for the best part of 11 months.’
      • ‘After all, murderers take away more than a bit of the lives of the people they kill - they take away the whole shooting match.’
      • ‘It was a very sophisticated space probe, it had everything on it, penetrators, balloons, orbiting things, you know, it was just the whole shooting match.’
      entirety, totality, total, whole, aggregate, summation, beginning and end, alpha and omega, be-all and end-all
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Pronunciation

shooting

/ˈʃuːtɪŋ/