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 Police said the victim, identified as Zamonte Clark of Southeast Washington, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Two men fatally shot in separate incidents in Southeast Washington, police say," 2 July 2020 Officers found Garcia suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in a breezeway at an apartment complex in the 7900 block of Villa Cliff Drive, near Ferguson Road, about 1:20 a.m. June 18. Tom Steele, Dallas News, "Pair arrested in slaying of teenager at Far East Dallas apartment complex," 1 July 2020 The other teenagers suffered gunshot wounds that were not life-threatening, police said. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Within 20 hours, five dead in Milwaukee shootings, including a 16-year-old girl," 1 July 2020 Brooks had two penetrating gunshot wounds, one to the back and one to the buttocks, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner. Jamiel Lynch, CNN, "Garrett Rolfe's lawyers asking for bail for former officer who shot Rayshard Brooks," 30 June 2020 Chunn said the seven victims died of multiple gunshot wounds. al, "Suspects in 7 Alabama homicides held on suicide watch," 30 June 2020 Two males suffering gunshot wounds arrived at Harborview Medical Center’s Emergency Department. Fox News, "Latest Seattle CHOP shooting sees at least 2 injured, police say," 29 June 2020 Phoenix police responded to the shooting around 2 a.m. near 51st Avenue and McDowell Road and found three adults and a teenager with non-life threatening gunshot wounds, according to a Phoenix police news release. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, "4 wounded in shooting at west Phoenix gas station parking lot," 27 June 2020 Garcia reportedly underwent dozens of surgeries and died in April of complications from the gunshot wounds. CBS News, "El Paso Walmart shooting suspect faces new murder charge after death of 23rd victim," 25 June 2020

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First Known Use of gunshot

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of gunshot was in the 15th century

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5 Jul 2020

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“Gunshot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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 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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