Definition of shooting in English:

shooting

noun

  • 1The action or practice of shooting.

    ‘the unprovoked shooting of civilians by soldiers’
    [count noun] ‘20,000 fatal shootings a year’
    • ‘A difficult wait for a community very concerned about an unexplained fatal shooting of one of its citizens, and that wait over tomorrow.’
    • ‘Police are continuing to investigate potential links with a number of other gangland style shootings.’
    • ‘Federal Bureau of Investigation officials are investigating both shootings as hate crimes.’
    • ‘You've been practicing your shooting in here again, haven't you?’
    • ‘Eight of the fatal shootings have occurred in Dublin, while two have taken place in Limerick.’
    • ‘The number of shootings of civilians is skyrocketing.’
    • ‘Throughout the invasion and occupation there has been torture, dawn raids and shootings of civilians.’
    • ‘Police classified the incident as a random drive-by shooting.’
    • ‘But it is understood that two reported shootings in the area are connected with the growing drugs trade.’
    • ‘The drive-by shooting began much earlier than her nephew thought.’
    • ‘Many people witness the shooting but no one does anything to confront the militiamen.’
    • ‘Numerous school shootings occurred in the 1980s and 1970s.’
    • ‘‘This shooting could have had fatal consequences,’ he said.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Today, school shootings are occurring at an alarming frequency.’
    • ‘And with that he walked away through the crowd that had gathered to practice their shooting.’
    • ‘Incidents involving police shootings of these individuals have led to inquiry after inquiry.’
    • ‘Officers found a juvenile who witnessed the shooting, but they would not elaborate.’
    • ‘The parking lot where the shooting happened is an open, public, unsecured area.’
    1. 1.1The sport or pastime of shooting with a gun.
      • ‘Cowboy shooting is taking the country by storm.’
      • ‘The association says grouse shooting conserves both the birds and the heather.’
      • ‘In fact, gun ownership or enjoyment of sport shooting doesn't seem to be tied to wealth or social class at all.’
      • ‘He told me he also enjoys trap and skeet shooting with his daughters.’
      • ‘Many of these competitors began the sport of shooting with air guns bought from local shops.’
      • ‘We expected medals in hockey, tennis, long jump and shooting.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘My friend did some skeet shooting from various stands, I guess you call them.’
      • ‘At one time, I felt the socializing aspect of cowboy shooting should be played down.’
      • ‘Weightlifting and even sports such as fencing and shooting may also have cause for concern.’
      • ‘Do not expect to feel up to a little grouse shooting when you disembark.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He had a great interest in sport, especially fishing, boxing, coursing shooting and soccer.’
      • ‘Cowboy action shooting doesn't have a lot of negatives about it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Gary added: ‘The air weapons section is growing and we hope to be a competitive force in the sport of shooting.’’
    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. 1.3An estate or other area rented to shoot over.

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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I had shooting pains, and my right arm and fingers and shoulder were useless.’
      • ‘They also help control the type of stabbing or shooting pain sometimes caused by nerve damage.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘By the end of the ride, I was suffering from heat exhaustion and sweating profusely, and I had shooting pains in my inner thighs.’
      • ‘When I turned 28, I started suffering from sharp, shooting pains in my knees.’
      • ‘A cold shooting pain from her arms is her reward.’
      • ‘He is taking strong painkillers, but has bad nights, with shooting pains in his head.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He still suffered shooting pain in his face, as well as toothache and had been left with money problems after the attack in February.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This kind of shooting pain is very common and usually normal.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The jolting from walking here from the scoober had caused her broken arm to have shooting pains, and this time they weren't stopping.’
      • ‘I said, ‘I feel fine, but once in a week, I have kind of shooting pain in my ribs.’’
      • ‘When I went to yank the pillow, I had never used that muscle and sharp pains started shooting everywhere.’
      • ‘Simultaneously, a shooting pain went through my left wrist.’
      • ‘Chemo medicine may cause temporary nerve damage, which can result in burning, numbness, tingling, or shooting pain in the fingers and toes.’

Pronunciation:

shooting

/ˈSHo͞odiNG/