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shotgun

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noun shot·gun \ˈshät-ˌgən\

Simple Definition of shotgun

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of shotgun

  1. 1 :  a smoothbore shoulder weapon for firing shot at short ranges

  2. 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
shotgunner play \-ˌgə-nər\ noun

1776

First Known Use of shotgun

1776


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shotgun

adjective shot·gun

Definition of shotgun

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or using a shotgun

  2. 2 :  involving coercion

  3. 3 :  covering a wide field with hit-or-miss effectiveness



1892

First Known Use of shotgun

1892



SHOTGUN Defined for Kids

shotgun

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noun shot·gun \ˈshät-ˌgən\

Definition of shotgun for Students

  1. :  a gun with a long barrel used to fire shot at short range





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