gunfire

noun
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 gunfire erupted shortly after 11 p.m. on Friday in the Congress Heights section of southeast Washington. Fox News, 18 July 2021 Fans at a baseball game at National Park in Washington scrambled for safety Saturday night after gunfire erupted outside the venue. NBC News, 17 July 2021 The gunfire erupted shortly after 11 p.m. on Friday in the Congress Heights section of southeast Washington. Michael Balsamo, ajc, 17 July 2021 The confrontation escalated quickly, gunfire erupted as the suspect barricaded himself inside a house, and a standoff ensued. CBS News, 16 July 2021 Investigators say the gunfire erupted between unknown suspects in the area of West Dalton and Wall streets. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 13 July 2021 Areyelle Yarbrough, 32, was shot and killed when gunfire erupted at Birmingham’s Patton Park on Easter night. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 12 July 2021 The gunfire erupted just after 3 p.m. Thursday when a white Toyota Highlander pulled up outside the La Caribena grocery store at the corner of Garden and Nelson streets, records show. Zach Murdock, courant.com, 9 July 2021 Police said 400 to 500 people, mostly teens, were at the park when gunfire erupted Sunday around 10:45 p.m. Kevin Grasha, The Enquirer, 7 July 2021

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First Known Use of gunfire

1801, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gunfire was in 1801

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24 Jul 2021

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“Gunfire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gunfire. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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More Definitions for gunfire

gunfire

noun

English Language Learners Definition of gunfire

: the firing of guns

gunfire

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

Kids Definition of gunfire

: the firing of guns

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