gun·​ner | \ ˈgə-nər How to pronounce gunner (audio) \

Definition of gunner

1 : a soldier or airman who operates or aims a gun
2 : one who hunts with a gun
3 : a warrant officer who supervises ordnance and ordnance stores

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The sights on the Mitrailleuse were simple post and notch affairs like rifles of the day, and the extreme range required excellent range estimation (which the gunners were not trained for). Ian Mccollum, Popular Mechanics, "Forgotten Weapons: The Mitrailleuse," 9 Dec. 2015 Many of the Star Wars wedding duties fall to members of the 501st Legion, a group of more than 13,000 fans in about 60 countries that often dress as bad guys including stormtroopers, Imperial gunners and Darth Vader himself. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "Darth Vader, Your Presence Is Required at Our Star Wars Wedding," 1 Aug. 2018 Provided with this data, a gunner can make minute adjustments to achieve greater accuracy, such as raising the tank gun barrel slightly to compensate for the effects of gravity. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army’s Next Infantry Guns Will Have Computerized Fire Control for Unreal Accuracy," 14 Feb. 2019 Maybe that waist-gunner hadn’t wanted any more than that either. James Holland, WSJ, "Five Best: James Holland on World War II Memoirs," 3 Jan. 2019 Once the gun is loaded, the aircrews press a button and the gun automatically moves: The gun is likely traversing to line up on a target the onboard gunner has already located on the ground. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Watch a AC-130 Gunship Devastate Targets on the Ground with Its Howitzer," 16 Jan. 2019 D’Antoni indicated on Friday that his first move would be to lean more heavily on Gerald Green, a gunner who is shooting 40% on threes against Golden State. Ben Golliver,, "Houston’s Blueprint for Life Without Chris Paul: Optimism, Intensity And a Potent Starting Lineup," 26 May 2018 The bearded Taliban machine-gunner, crouched with a few comrades some 20 or 30 yards down the tunnel, waited until the Afghan soldier was well inside. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "‘I Think I’ve Been Shot’: Nighttime Raid in Afghanistan Reveals New U.S. Strategy," 5 Dec. 2018 In one famous incident on the Western Front, a German machine gunner fired off his last belt just before the clock struck, then stood up, bowed and withdrew in the direction of home. Brendan Simms, WSJ, "‘Peace at Last’ Review: Remembering Flanders Fields," 11 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of gunner

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of gunner

: a soldier who operates a large gun
British : a soldier in the British artillery


gun·​ner | \ ˈgə-nər How to pronounce gunner (audio) \

Kids Definition of gunner

: a person who operates a gun

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