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 The change to a center-lock wheel met the most pushback from teams, but it was required because of the destruction the 10,000-rpm air gun would cause each time is was slammed against the aluminum wheel. David Beard, Car and Driver, 5 May 2021 He was located and admitted to shooting at targets in his front yard with an air gun. cleveland, 19 Mar. 2021 This is one of the most recognizable air gun types. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, 2 Mar. 2021 Walters planned to descend by popping some of the balloons with an air gun, but it was lost shortly into his flight. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, 18 Oct. 2020 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, 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, 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, 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, 24 Mar. 2020

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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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“Air gun.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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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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