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.

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At least seven people were wounded by gunfire early Sunday in Chicago after someone opened fire near a playground on the city's west side. Fox News, "At least 7 people shot in Chicago park; 1 killed, 3 others wounded in separate shooting," 4 Aug. 2019 Police records indicated Nunez reportedly was delivering newspapers in the passenger seat of a vehicle with his girlfriend at the time he was struck by gunfire. Richard Bammer, The Mercury News, "Plea deal struck in 2012 shooting death of Bay Area newspaper carrier," 4 Aug. 2019 Two people were injured by gunfire Monday night in the Upton and Dolfield neighborhoods and a third person walked into an area hospital with gunshot wounds early Tuesday morning, according to Baltimore police. Lillian Reed,, "Teen among 3 people injured overnight in separate shootings, Baltimore police say," 30 July 2019 Residents lamented how a wholesome family gathering known for bringing people together through traditions like Garlic Ice Cream was torn apart by gunfire., "3 killed in Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting, including 6-year-old," 29 July 2019 Citywide, there have been more shootings and slightly more people struck by gunfire so far this year compared with the same period in 2018, records show. New York Times, "They Were Singing ‘Family Reunion’ at a Block Party. Then Gunmen Opened Fire.," 28 July 2019 The male was struck by the gunfire and later died at a hospital, police said. Dallas News, "Dallas officers fatally shot male after he fired weapon in southeast Oak Cliff, police say," 28 July 2019 Williams and one of his three passengers, 21-year-old Crystal Lumpkin were hit by gunfire, Reyes said. Susannah Bryan,, "Terror on I-95: Two injured after gunman fires several rounds as they head north toward Hallandale Beach," 28 July 2019 Multiple people were struck by gunfire Saturday night in the New York borough of Brooklyn, police said. Dennis Romero, NBC News, "Multiple people struck in Brooklyn neighborhood shooting," 28 July 2019

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1801, in the meaning defined above

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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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