gun·​ship | \ ˈgən-ˌship How to pronounce gunship (audio) \

Definition of gunship

: a helicopter or cargo aircraft armed with rockets and machine guns

Examples of gunship in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Planes dropped three juggernaut armor crates onto the field to aid the living, while gunship choppers hovered overhead firing at zombies. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2021 This month, visitors can walk through the AC-130A Spectre converted gunship and learn about the aircraft from six U.S. Air Force veterans, each of who served as a crew member for this type of aircraft. Rasputin Todd, The Enquirer, 14 Apr. 2021 One of the company’s first government contracts was to design a system that could allow a C-130 gunship, widely used as a transport aircraft in dangerous battlefield conditions, to effectively see through clouds. Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2021 After being held at bay by a gunship in Thailand, the Westerdam eventually docks in Cambodia. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 9 Mar. 2021 Intelligence suggested that the vessel would be converted into a gunship for use against the Jews. Ronen Bergman, New York Times, 5 Jan. 2021 Sheehan was commissioned in the Marine Corps after graduating from Penn State, trained at Camp Pendleton and achieved his goal of flying a Super Cobra gunship helicopter for the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Nov. 2020 Most armed transport conversions are permanent, with an unarmed transport aircraft transformed into a heavily armed gunship for good. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 1 June 2020 In 2018, the military acknowledged that fire from a helicopter gunship killed three members of a family riding in their car, and in 2019, arrest warrants were issued against seven state police officers in the executions of eight people. Julia Musto, Fox News, 27 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of gunship

1966, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gunship was in 1966

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24 Apr 2021

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“Gunship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gunship

: a military aircraft with rockets and machine guns

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