air gun


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

Examples of air gun in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One federal officer was struck in the head by a man armed with a two-pound sledgehammer; another suffered a deep leg wound from a marble or ball bearing shot from a high-powered wrist rocket or air gun, court records say. oregonlive, "Burns, bloody wounds, broken bones: Injuries mount at Portland protests," 31 July 2020 Several arrests were made at the scene and officers were forced to shoot pepper balls from a high-velocity air gun. Christopher Harress |, al, "Mobile City Council praises peaceful protests but asks residents to stay home rather than cause unrest," 2 June 2020 There are plenty of options out there, from air guns to .22s, but single-shot rifles are always a smart choice. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "Teach a New Hunter to Shoot a Rifle More Accurately with a Red-Dot Scope," 21 May 2020 The gun authorities recovered during a search of the car turned out to be an air gun that looked realistic, the district attorney’s office said. oregonlive, "Woman arrested after carjacking man at gunpoint, fleeing police, authorities say," 24 Mar. 2020 Police recovered an air gun that resembled a Glock handgun. Washington Post, "Crime reports for Anne Arundel and Howard counties and for Annapolis," 6 Nov. 2019 As Gaylord recently explained to me, air guns operate in a parallel universe to other guns. Bill Heavey, Field & Stream, "Truth About Air Rifles: 4 Guns You Can Actually Shoot," 23 June 2014 To get more details on air guns, visit or Frank Sargeant, al, "Are air guns suitable gifts or will your kid really shoot his eye out?," 15 Dec. 2019 Chinese authorities detained an American FedEx pilot in Guangzhou, southern China, allegedly after finding nonmetallic air gun pellets in his luggage. Fortune, "Time is Running Out for a U.S.-China Trade Deal," 21 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of air gun

circa 1753, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of air gun was circa 1753

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7 Aug 2020

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“Air gun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of air gun

: a gun that uses air pressure to shoot small pellets

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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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