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 For three years in the late ’90s, Cooper and Alvin Ross navigated a daily route riddled with regular gunfire and a different gang on every other block, talking passionately about their unconventional sport. Washington Post, "They came from Chicago’s West Side to become the nation’s first all-Black high school rowing team," 31 July 2020 Police returned the gunfire, fatally striking 20-year-old Littleton. Darcie Moran, Detroit Free Press, "What we know about the Detroit police shooting of Hakim Littleton, protests," 12 July 2020 Places, too, where children, ages 6 through 18, who flock to Boys & Girls Clubs, may hear gunfire. Roy S. Johnson |, al, "Johnson: Royta Giles Jr. should be our Four Little Girls; his death, our turning point," 10 July 2020 The gunfire sent workers at the exchange into hiding as the firefight took place outside. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "'It was terrifying': Gunmen attack Pakistan Stock Exchange," 29 June 2020 Patrick said that there were 29 police officers killed by gunfire this year, with 11 killed since George Floyd's death in Minneapolis. Fox News, "Texas Lt. Gov. Patrick on ambush of officers: Biden and Dems are 'aiding, abetting' an anti-police backlash," 14 July 2020 Gaines was later shot and killed by a police officer in front of her 5-year-old son who was also struck twice by gunfire. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "What civil rights groups want from Facebook boycott: Stop hate speech and harassment of Black users," 8 July 2020 Responding for shots fired, officers located three vehicles damaged by gunfire. Washington Post, "Crime reports for Anne Arundel and Howard counties and for Annapolis," 8 July 2020 Chicago saw one of its bloodiest holiday weekends in memory, with 17 killed and 70 wounded by gunfire. Christopher Weber, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Senseless crime’: The victims of July Fourth shootings," 7 July 2020

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First Known Use of gunfire

1801, in the meaning defined above

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4 Aug 2020

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“Gunfire.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of gunfire

: the firing of guns


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

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: the firing of guns

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