shotgun

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1shot·gun

noun \ˈshät-ˌgən\

: a gun with a long barrel that shoots a large number of small metal balls (called buckshot)

American football : an offensive formation in which the quarterback is a few yards behind the line of scrimmage at the start of a play

Full Definition of SHOTGUN

1
:  a smoothbore shoulder weapon for firing shot at short ranges
2
:  an offensive football formation in which the quarterback plays a few yards behind the line of scrimmage and the other backs are scattered as flankers or slotbacks
shotgun transitive verb
shot·gun·ner \-ˌgə-nər\ noun

First Known Use of SHOTGUN

1776

2shotgun

adjective

Definition of SHOTGUN

1
:  of, relating to, or using a shotgun
2
:  involving coercion
3
:  covering a wide field with hit-or-miss effectiveness

First Known Use of SHOTGUN

1892

shotgun

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Smoothbore shoulder firearm designed to fire a number of pellets, or shot, that cover a large target area after they leave the muzzle. It is used mainly against small game such as birds. The earliest examples were the fowling pieces that appeared in 16th-century Europe. Repeating shotguns, in which several cartridges could be loaded at once, became available in the 1880s. The range of a modern shotgun is about 50 yards (45 m).

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