air gun

noun

Definition of air gun 

1 : a gun from which a projectile is propelled by compressed air

2 : any of various hand tools that work by compressed air especially : airbrush

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Oil and gas exploration crews often use seismic air guns to search for fossil fuels under the seabed. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Researchers Record the Sounds of the Elusive Narwhal," 15 June 2018 At its public meeting in Lubbock last week, the TPW Commission voted to rescind its approval of a proposal to make air guns and air bows legal for taking certain game animals during the general open season. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "TPW Commission rescinds air gun/bow rule," 26 May 2018 An air gun, socket set and tools were stolen, and a radio was taken from the center console, May 16 from a 2005 Ford Escape parked in the 3000 block of Ruth Street. Deborah Kadin, chicagotribune.com, "Police reports: Car reported stolen in Northlake," 24 May 2018 Only a relative few of Texas’ million-plus hunters could be expected to take advantage of the opportunity to use air guns or air bows. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "TPW Commission reconsidering its approval of air-powered guns, bows," 6 May 2018 Currently, air bows and air guns are legal to use in Texas when hunting exotic and unprotected animals such as feral hogs. Shannon Tompkins, San Antonio Express-News, "New rules promise earlier, bigger seasons for anglers, hunters," 5 Apr. 2018 Instructors will also guide attendees through specialty shooting disciplines such as clay target, cowboy action, practical pistol, black powder and air gun. azcentral, "A guide to all spring festivals in Phoenix from April through May," 6 Mar. 2018 In mid-January, an orangutan was found decapitated and shot more than a dozen times with an air gun in Central Kalimantan, environmental news website Mongabay reported. Niniek Karmini, The Seattle Times, "Police arrest 5 who killed orangutan in Borneo with air gun," 19 Feb. 2018 In mid-January, an orangutan was found decapitated and shot more than a dozen times with an air gun in Central Kalimantan, environmental news website Mongabay reported. Washington Post, "Police arrest 5 who killed orangutan in Borneo with air gun," 19 Feb. 2018

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circa 1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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air gun

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English Language Learners Definition of air gun

: a gun that uses air pressure to shoot small pellets

air gun

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Medical Definition of air gun 

: jet injector The UN [United Nations] would like air guns, delivering vaccine doses without using needles.— Laurie Garrett, Newsday, 26 Sept. 1996

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