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gun

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noun \ˈgən\

Simple Definition of gun

  • : a weapon that shoots bullets or shells

  • : a tool or device that looks like a gun

Full Definition of gun

  1. 1 a :  a piece of ordnance usually with high muzzle velocity and comparatively flat trajectory b :  a portable firearm (as a rifle or handgun) c :  a device that throws a projectile

  2. 2 a :  a discharge of a gun especially as a salute or signal b :  a signal marking a beginning or ending

  3. 3 a :  hunter b :  gunman

  4. 4 :  something suggesting a gun in shape or function

  5. 5 :  throttle

gunned play \ˈgənd\ adjective
under the gun
  1. :  under pressure or attack

Examples of gun

  1. a gun battle between gang members and the police

  2. She claimed that the gun went off accidentally.



Origin of gun

Middle English gonne, gunne


First Known Use: 14th century

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gun

verb

Simple Definition of gun

  • : to cause (a car or a car's engine) to go very fast by pressing the accelerator

  • : to throw (something) very hard

Full Definition of gun

gunnedgun·ning

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to fire on b :  shoot <gunned down by a hit man>

  3. 2 a :  to open up the throttle of so as to increase speed <gun the engine> b :  fire 3b <gunned the ball to first base>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to hunt with a gun

gun for
  1. :  to aim at or go after with determination or effort

Examples of gun

  1. She let the car coast down the hill, then gunned it.

  2. The shortstop gunned the ball to first base.



1622

First Known Use of gun

1622



GUN Defined for Kids

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gun

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noun \ˈgən\

Definition of gun

  1. 1 :  a weapon that fires bullets or shells

  2. 2 :  cannon

  3. 3 :  something like a gun in shape or function <a glue gun>

  4. 4 :  a discharge of a gun <The runners waited for the gun.>




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gun

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verb

Definition of gun

gunnedgun·ning

  1. :  to open the throttle of quickly so as to increase speed <gun the engine>





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