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gun

noun \ ˈgən \

Definition of gun

1 a :a piece of ordnance usually with high muzzle velocity and comparatively flat trajectory
b :a portable firearm (such as a rifle or handgun)
c :a device that throws a projectile
2 a :a discharge of a gun especially as a salute or signal
b :a signal marking a beginning or ending
3 a :hunter
b :gunman
4 :something suggesting a gun in shape or function

gunned

play \ˈgənd\ adjective
under the gun
:under pressure or attack

Examples of gun in a Sentence

  1. a gun battle between gang members and the police

  2. She claimed that the gun went off accidentally.

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Did You Know?

A ballista (a large missile-thrower in the form of a crossbow) that defended Windsor Castle in the 14th century was named in Latin Domina Gunilda, or “Lady Gunilda.” Gunilda is an Old Norse name and is a compound of gunnr and hildr, both words meaning “battle.” The English may have learned the name from early Norsemen who knew its etymological significance, or its use by the English may have been a coincidence. However, the use of this name for the Windsor ballista was not an isolated incident. Gonnylyde was the name of a cannon in a 14th century song. Our word gun, which also traces back to the 14th century, is probably a shortening of Gunilda.

Origin and Etymology of gun

Middle English gonne, gunne

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gun

verb

Definition of gun

gunned; gunning
transitive verb
1 a :to fire on
b :shoot
  • gunned down by a hit man
2 a :to open up the throttle of so as to increase speed
  • gun the engine
b :fire 3b
  • gunned the ball to first base
intransitive verb
:to hunt with a gun
gun for
:to aim at or go after with determination or effort

Examples of gun in a Sentence

  1. She let the car coast down the hill, then gunned it.

  2. The shortstop gunned the ball to first base.

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First Known Use of gun

1622



GUN Defined for English Language Learners

gun

noun

Definition of gun for English Language Learners

  • : a weapon that shoots bullets or shells

  • : a tool or device that looks like a gun


gun

verb

Definition of gun for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (a car or a car's engine) to go very fast by pressing the accelerator

  • : to throw (something) very hard


GUN Defined for Kids

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gun

noun \ ˈgən \

Definition of gun for Students

1 :a weapon that fires bullets or shells
2 :cannon
3 :something like a gun in shape or function
  • a glue gun
4 :a discharge of a gun
  • The runners waited for the gun.

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gun

verb

Definition of gun for Students

gunned; gunning
:to open the throttle of quickly so as to increase speed
  • gun the engine


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