gun·fire | \ ˈgən-ˌfī(-ə)r \

Definition of gunfire 

: the firing of guns

Examples of gunfire in a Sentence

We heard gunfire in the distance.

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What appeared to be gunfire could be heard in the background of some. Asa Fitch, WSJ, "New Unrest Roils Iran as U.S. Ramps Up Pressure," 1 July 2018 And these brave firefighters went through those doors, and unfortunately, they were met with gunfire. Alene Tchekmedyian,, "Resident of Long Beach care facility held in fatal shooting of firefighter," 26 June 2018 The quintuple shooting happened just after midnight on Saturday when five people, including a 15-year-old boy, were hit with gunfire while standing in the 100 block of East 51st Street on the South Side. Madeline Buckley,, "Nearly 40 people shot in Chicago over the weekend," 25 June 2018 One bullet entered the house through the front door, and two vehicles in the driveway were also hit with gunfire. Ryan Gillespie,, "Nobody injured in Pine Hills shooting as bullets damage vehicles, enter home, deputies say," 31 May 2018 Officers have taken someone into custody in connection with the gunfire, reported about 4:50 p.m. in the Paul Fredrick Street area. Laura Mcknight,, "1 in custody following shooting in Boutte area: SCPSO," 18 May 2018 About three hours later and a half-mile to the south, someone drove by the 10-year-old boy's home and sprayed the house on East 93rd Street with gunfire, according to police. Adam Ferrise,, "Man charged in double shooting linked to series of shootings in Cleveland's Hough neighborhood, police say," 9 May 2018 Officers were performing a welfare check and were met with gunfire, according to Cincinnati Police on Twitter. Sarah Brookbank,, "Police: Man fired at officers in College Hill," 3 May 2018 Detectives pulled over a white pickup truck in February with four passengers and were met with gunfire from the vehicle, which struck one detective in the head. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Man charged in connection with deadly February traffic stop faces new federal drug charge," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of gunfire

1801, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of gunfire

: the firing of guns


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