One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- past and past participle of overshoot
1(of a waterwheel) turned by water falling onto it from an overhead channel.
- ‘The overshot wheel is the most common wheel seen in North America. It is a gravity wheel. This means that it harnesses the force of gravity acting vertically on the water as it travels from the top to the bottom of the wheel.’
- ‘The mill was demolished after the First World War. It had an overshot waterwheel of 15 feet diameter.’
- ‘On some estates, larger, more powerful mills with as many as three linked vertical overshot wheels were used.’
2Denoting an upper jaw which projects beyond the lower jaw.
- ‘If your dog has an undershot or an overshot jaw typically it is not a cause for alarm unless it is making your dog uncomfortable.’
- ‘I've had an overshot jaw for most my life, and it hasn't bothered me.’
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