Definition of shooting in US English:

shooting

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’
    • ‘Many people witness the shooting but no one does anything to confront the militiamen.’
    • ‘The live firing practices included rapid-fire shoots enabling reconnaissance members to practice accurate instinctive shooting.’
    • ‘But it is understood that two reported shootings in the area are connected with the growing drugs trade.’
    • ‘Police classified the incident as a random drive-by shooting.’
    • ‘The drive-by shooting began much earlier than her nephew thought.’
    • ‘And what led to this fatal shooting of an airline passenger?’
    • ‘Today, school shootings are occurring at an alarming frequency.’
    • ‘You've been practicing your shooting in here again, haven't you?’
    • ‘Officers found a juvenile who witnessed the shooting, but they would not elaborate.’
    • ‘‘This shooting could have had fatal consequences,’ he said.’
    • ‘Throughout the invasion and occupation there has been torture, dawn raids and shootings of civilians.’
    • ‘The number of shootings of civilians is skyrocketing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Incidents involving police shootings of these individuals have led to inquiry after inquiry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Police are continuing to investigate potential links with a number of other gangland style shootings.’
    • ‘A difficult wait for a community very concerned about an unexplained fatal shooting of one of its citizens, and that wait over tomorrow.’
    • ‘Federal Bureau of Investigation officials are investigating both shootings as hate crimes.’
    1. 1.1 The sport or pastime of shooting with a gun.
      • ‘Weightlifting and even sports such as fencing and shooting may also have cause for concern.’
      • ‘The association says grouse shooting conserves both the birds and the heather.’
      • ‘Many of these competitors began the sport of shooting with air guns bought from local shops.’
      • ‘My friend did some skeet shooting from various stands, I guess you call them.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Cowboy shooting is taking the country by storm.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He told me he also enjoys trap and skeet shooting with his daughters.’
      • ‘In fact, gun ownership or enjoyment of sport shooting doesn't seem to be tied to wealth or social class at all.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Do not expect to feel up to a little grouse shooting when you disembark.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At one time, I felt the socializing aspect of cowboy shooting should be played down.’
      • ‘He had a great interest in sport, especially fishing, boxing, coursing shooting and soccer.’
      • ‘Gary added: ‘The air weapons section is growing and we hope to be a competitive force in the sport of shooting.’’
    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. 1.3 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’
    • ‘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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Chemo medicine may cause temporary nerve damage, which can result in burning, numbness, tingling, or shooting pain in the fingers and toes.’
      • ‘This kind of shooting pain is very common and usually normal.’
      • ‘He is taking strong painkillers, but has bad nights, with shooting pains in his head.’
      • ‘He still suffered shooting pain in his face, as well as toothache and had been left with money problems after the attack in February.’
      • ‘I said, ‘I feel fine, but once in a week, I have kind of shooting pain in my ribs.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The jolting from walking here from the scoober had caused her broken arm to have shooting pains, and this time they weren't stopping.’
      • ‘Then one day at work, I started getting shooting pains along my scar line from my previous birth.’
      • ‘No, I just crawl around complaining of a shooting pain in my head and sensing my vision get progressively weirder.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When I turned 28, I started suffering from sharp, shooting pains in my knees.’
      • ‘A cold shooting pain from her arms is her reward.’
      • ‘By the end of the ride, I was suffering from heat exhaustion and sweating profusely, and I had shooting pains in my inner thighs.’
      • ‘They also help control the type of stabbing or shooting pain sometimes caused by nerve damage.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Simultaneously, a shooting pain went through my left wrist.’
      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’
      • ‘‘I built a 16-track studio and started educating myself about microphones, preamps - the whole shooting match,’ he says.’
      • ‘On some farms, he notes, ‘the cost of quota exceeds the cost of land, animals, equipment - the whole shooting match.’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A round of applause for Melissa please, for behind every successful man is an intelligent woman orchestrating the whole shooting match.’
      • ‘Not only my department, but the whole shooting match will cease to exist at the end of the year.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      entirety, totality, total, whole, aggregate, summation, beginning and end, alpha and omega, be-all and end-all
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Pronunciation

shooting

/ˈʃudɪŋ//ˈSHo͞odiNG/