gun·​fire | \ ˈgən-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce gunfire (audio) \

Definition of gunfire

: the firing of guns

Examples of gunfire in a Sentence

We heard gunfire in the distance.
Recent Examples on the Web The officers and suspect then exchanged gunfire and the suspect struck Vakoff, killing him. Courtney Brogle, NBC News, 11 Sep. 2022 The officers returned fire, Sloan said, and the person who police had exchanged gunfire with was eventually taken to a local hospital, where they were later pronounced dead. The Courier-Journal, 9 Sep. 2022 Investigators say two people exchanged gunfire around 4:30 p.m. Friday at the Fred Meyer in the Wood Village Town Center at Northeast 223rd Avenue and Glisan Street, with bullets striking the front of the store and multiple vehicles. oregonlive, 2 Sep. 2022 The retired officer, who was working security at the business, exchanged gunfire with them and was shot multiple times. Paige Fry, Chicago Tribune, 1 Sep. 2022 Shortly afterwards, an officer from the Houston Police Department arrived and spotted the suspect, who was dressed in all black with a shotgun in a nearby parking lot, and the officer exchanged gunfire with the suspect, killing him, Finner said. Gina Martinez, CBS News, 28 Aug. 2022 The officers determined that the occupants of two vehicles had exchanged gunfire after an unspecified road rage incident. Paul Pringle, Los Angeles Times, 28 Aug. 2022 Five days later, McHugh said two women exchanged gunfire two blocks from Gallery Place. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, 26 Aug. 2022 Plank then fled in a pickup truck towing a boat and exchanged gunfire with pursuing law enforcement officers before stopping at an entrance to Tinker Air Force Base, where he was tackled, shot with a stun gun and arrested. Fox News, 26 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of gunfire

1801, in the meaning defined above

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“Gunfire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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gun·​fire | \ ˈgən-ˌfīr How to pronounce gunfire (audio) \

Kids Definition of gunfire

: the firing of guns

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