gun·​shot | \ˈgən-ˌshät \

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.

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However, Fitzgerald did not go so far as to say that the Closses had died from gunshot wounds, according to the Associated Press. Kaylen Ralph, Teen Vogue, "13-Year-Old Jayme Closs Is Missing After Her Parents Were Found Dead in Their Home," 16 Oct. 2018 The researchers examined incident reports from 221 homicides and 1012 nonfatal gun assaults where gunshot wounds were sustained. Emily Stewart, Vox, "One way to reduce gun deaths: restrict big bullets and guns," 28 July 2018 The errant gunshot, fired into the crowd amid a fight between other teenagers, ruptured Sakran’s trachea, severed his carotid artery and paralyzed his vocal chord. Meagan Flynn, The Seattle Times, "Shot in the neck at 17, this is the trauma surgeon now leading doctors against gun violence and NRA," 14 Nov. 2018 Another 305 survived shrapnel wounds, gunshots and other injuries. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "The One Time American Troops Fought Russians Was at the End of World War I—and They Lost," 9 Nov. 2018 While the gunshots were fake, by the end of the episode, Olivia is quite literally scared to death. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Christina Hendricks Reflects on Her Romanoffs' Character's Shocking Death," 20 Oct. 2018 The new version features gunshot detection, livestreaming, and wireless uploads. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Next generation of body cams for cops can livestream, detect gunshots," 8 Oct. 2018 Officers responded to four gunshots recorded in the area of 29 Oak Ave. at 3:48 p.m. Lucas Phillips,, "In separate Worcester attacks, suspect allegedly shoots at bicyclist, and man is wounded in back," 14 July 2018 Read more: Police later learned from a local hospital that a gunshot victim had arrived at the hospital, but fled prior to being treated. Lori Higgins, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Police investigate two fatal shootings on city's east side," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of gunshot

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of gunshot

: bullets fired from a gun

: the firing of a gun

: the distance that a bullet fired from a gun can travel


gun·​shot | \ˈgən-ˌshät \

Kids Definition of gunshot

1 : a shot from a gun

2 : the distance that can be reached by a gun

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