air gun

noun
|Updated on: 17 Jun 2018

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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First Known Use of air gun

circa 1753

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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AIR GUN Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of air gun for English Language Learners

  • : a gun that uses air pressure to shoot small pellets


Medical Dictionary

air gun

noun

medical Definition of air gun

: jet injector
  • The UN [United Nations] would like air guns, delivering vaccine doses without using needles.
  • —Laurie GarrettNewsday26 Sept. 1996

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