gun·​shot | \ ˈgən-ˌshät How to pronounce gunshot (audio) \

Definition of gunshot

1 : shot or a projectile fired from a gun
2 : the range of a gun
3 : the firing of a gun

Examples of gunshot in a Sentence

He was killed by a gunshot to the head.
Recent Examples on the Web Evanston police on Tuesday were asking for the public’s help after a gunman fired at least 10 shots into a group of teenagers at a backyard party on Monday evening leaving a 13-year-old girl in critical condition with a gunshot wound to her neck. Brian L. Cox, Chicago Tribune, 26 July 2022 Upon arrival, officers located a 34-year-old man who was suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to his left thigh. Baltimore Sun Staff, Baltimore Sun, 26 July 2022 Officer Truman Fitzgerald said the officers then saw the driver suffering from at least one gunshot wound. Carol Robinson |, al, 26 July 2022 Ray Spencer said at the time that investigators think the person was a murder victim who died of a gunshot wound. Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 26 July 2022 During the investigation, a man in his 20s with a gunshot wound arrived at a local hospital. Mike Mavredakis, Hartford Courant, 26 July 2022 Police learned of the incident when a man showed up at a hospital with a gunshot wound to one of his legs. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 July 2022 The female suffered a gunshot wound to the armpit and is in stable condition. Adam Sabes, Fox News, 25 July 2022 The athlete required emergency surgery in wake of the attack followed by multiple more surgeries to address complications from his gunshot wound. Natasha Dye,, 25 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of gunshot

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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30 Jul 2022

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“Gunshot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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gun·​shot | \ ˈgən-ˌshät How to pronounce gunshot (audio) \

Kids Definition of gunshot

1 : a shot from a gun
2 : the distance that can be reached by a gun


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