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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Pike County Coroner Jason Jones said Branen Carter died of the gunshot wound Monday. Frank Miles, Fox News, "Mississippi man stabs his mother, grandmother in federal office before security guard shoots, kills him," 9 July 2018 The first gunshots rang out on the club’s second floor, following an argument, police said at the time. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "One year later, Dolton trustees still seek answers in nightclub shooting that injured 5," 26 June 2018 The gunshots sent customers and workers running for the exits, witnesses said. Author: Joseph O'sullivan, Anchorage Daily News, "This pastor took out a Walmart shooter and treated the wounded, all after delivering his Sunday sermon," 21 June 2018 The gunshots echoed in quick succession, rapid and metallic, like two keystrokes of a giant typewriter. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "The geopolitics of the afterlife get messy in the new sci-fi spy novel Summerland," 17 June 2018 Police believe Romano sustained the gunshot wound during the race. Anna Spoerre,, "Man dead after Vancouver street race collision involving a gun," 12 June 2018 There were three other people in the SUV who didn’t sustain injuries from the gunshots, said Carrie Hortsman, a spokesperson for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. Maria Elena Vizcaino,, "Man, 19, shot several times outside home in Poinciana, deputies say," 6 June 2018 An autopsy following his death in January determined Baylor died from complications associated with the gunshot wound, and police ruled his death a homicide. Sarah Meehan,, "Baltimore police rule man's death a homicide 22 years after shooting that left him paralyzed," 1 June 2018 Ortiz said neither the deputy nor the constable heard the gunshot or any shouting prior to Roby admitting to the shooting. Caleb Downs, San Antonio Express-News, "SAPD: Woman killed during altercation; boyfriend arrested," 26 Apr. 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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