gun·​fire ˈgən-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce gunfire (audio)
: the firing of guns

Examples of gunfire in a Sentence

We heard gunfire in the distance.
Recent Examples on the Web Police responded to a report of gunfire on Elm Avenue near 18th Street around 9:15 p.m. and found a crowd of juveniles running from the area. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 May 2024 Officers responded to the Albuquerque Convention Center shortly after 5 p.m. on Wednesday for reports of gunfire, Gilbert Gallegos, the department’s communications director, said in a video posted on X, formerly Twitter. Daniella Segura, Sacramento Bee, 10 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for gunfire 

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Word History

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gunfire was in 1801

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“Gunfire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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gun·​fire -ˌfī(ə)r How to pronounce gunfire (audio)
: the firing of guns

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