Shooting star
Shooting Shoot"ing, a. Of or pertaining to shooting; for shooting; darting. [1913 Webster]

{Shooting board} (Joinery), a fixture used in planing or shooting the edge of a board, by means of which the plane is guided and the board held true.

{Shooting box}, a small house in the country for use in the shooting season. --Prof. Wilson.

{Shooting gallery}, a range, usually covered, with targets for practice with firearms.

{Shooting iron}, a firearm. [Slang, U.S.]

{Shooting star}. (a) (Astron.) A starlike, luminous meteor, that, appearing suddenly, darts quickly across some portion of the sky, and then as suddenly disappears, leaving sometimes, for a few seconds, a luminous train, -- called also {falling star}.

Note: Shooting stars are small cosmical bodies which encounter the earth in its annual revolution, and which become visible by coming with planetary velocity into the upper regions of the atmosphere. At certain periods, as on the 13th of November and 10th of August, they appear for a few hours in great numbers, apparently diverging from some point in the heavens, such displays being known as meteoric showers, or star showers. These bodies, before encountering the earth, were moving in orbits closely allied to the orbits of comets. See {Leonids}, {Perseids}. (b) (Bot.) The American cowslip ({Dodecatheon Meadia}). See under {Cowslip}.

{Shooting stick} (Print.), a tapering piece of wood or iron, used by printers to drive up the quoins in the chase. --Hansard. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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