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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The country music blaring through the bar was pierced by the sounds of men crying and women screaming—and then, more gunfire. Zusha Elinson, WSJ, "Police Probe Motive in Southern California Bar Massacre," 8 Nov. 2018 During the war, Singer produced components for the Sperry T-1 bomb sight, B-29 bomber gunfire control computers, directional gyro and artificial horizon instruments, and automatic pilot parts. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "When the Singer Sewing Machine Company Built the Best .45 Pistol Ever Made," 21 Sep. 2018 The 376-foot destroyer was sliced in half during a multinational warfare exercise, and the front half sank in two minutes after months of providing naval gunfire support during the Vietnam War. Tylisa C. Johnson,, "74 sailors died during a Vietnam warfare exercise, but their names aren't on D.C. memorial," 9 July 2018 There also was a request for a bulletproof vehicle with tires resistant to gunfire. Evan Halper,, "Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns amid scandals," 5 July 2018 There’s another shooting right now,’’ said Silva, who heard more gunfire. Terrence Antonio James,, "2 dead, 3 wounded in city shootings," 11 July 2018 In the latest incident, officers heard gunfire about 12:40 a.m. Monday and found a 16-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man who had been riding bicycles wounded on the 2500 block of Tasker Street in Philadelphia, police said. Joseph A. Gambardello,, "3 teens among weekend shooting victims in Philadelphia," 9 July 2018 An off-duty Calumet City police officer was being treated for a gunshot wound Saturday after he was shot during an exchange of gunfire Friday night while getting out of his vehicle, according to the city’s police chief. Dennis Sullivan, Daily Southtown, "Off-duty Calumet City cop shot during gunfire exchange: police," 7 July 2018 The injured man and sounds of gunfire caused concertgoers to panic, fearing a shooting, Grassmann said. Kellen Browning, sacbee, "Shootout in Orangevale parking lot causes panic at nearby concert," 23 June 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


gun·​fire | \ˈgən-ˌfīr \

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