gun·​play | \ ˈgən-ˌplā How to pronounce gunplay (audio) \

Definition of gunplay

: the shooting of small arms with intent to scare or kill

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The gunplay is tighter, speedier, and more satisfying than ever before. Brittany Vincent, Popular Mechanics, "E3 2019 Day 2’s Best Games: Borderlands 3, Catherine, and Empire of Sin," 13 June 2019 The Bullets name was not originally chosen as a direct allusion to gunplay. New York Times, "Let’s Hear It for Your Hometown Shortcomings!," 30 July 2019 The Joes now had a mid-bicep 360-degree-swivel, allowing their arms to turn in toward their bodies for more realistic gunplay and positioning. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Yo, Joe: How a 12-Inch Soldier Doll Became a Toy Legend," 9 Apr. 2019 While the game is at least accurately named, the gunplay—originally designed to let players mow down hordes of mostly mindless AI bots—isn’t as suited for culling other human players in a Battle Royale mode. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Fortnite brings out the 10-year-old fort builder in all of us," 17 Mar. 2018 Another series-authentic trait: the 15-minute runtime is mostly composed of conversations and sarcastic one-liners, not fisticuffs or gunplay. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Uncharted fan film, starring Nathan Fillion, beats Sony to live-action punch," 16 July 2018 Cyberpunk 2077 diverges from that series in a few major ways, and the first is with brutal high-speed gunplay. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Cyberpunk 2077 world premiere: 50 minutes of William Gibson-level insanity," 14 June 2018 Investigators had previously been looking at two past shootings and a gunplay incident. NBC News, "6 other shootings at site where camper was murdered," 30 June 2018 The trial revealed in detail the many dangers generated by the gang's enterprise, from overdose deaths and prodigious car theft to traffic crashes and gunplay. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'If I could give you more I would' — judge sentences Milwaukee tint crew gang member to 23 years," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of gunplay

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gunplay was in 1881

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