gunshot

noun
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

Aden, 23, of Columbia Heights, died of multiple gunshot wounds during a July 2 standoff with police outside a business. Nick Ferraro, Twin Cities, "Family of man fatally shot by police in Eagan seeks answers," 8 July 2019 Matthew Arellano, 18, died of multiple gunshot wounds and the manner of his death is a homicide, according to the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Man fatally shot in Denver is identified, an 18-year-old suspect is arrested," 8 July 2019 Police were dispatched to the business on a report of an assault and arrived to the find the 34-year-old McDonald critically wounded with multiple gunshot wounds. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Suspect charged in 2018 killing of Sylacauga store clerk," 10 July 2019 The victim was taken to a hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds to his left bicep and upper right hip, which were not believed to be life- threatening, the officer said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Man shot in his arm, hip while walking in East Village," 9 July 2019 Officers responding to a report of a shooting found the teen with a gunshot wound at the location, which is listed as a Taco Bell restaurant. Lauren Hernández, SFChronicle.com, "Livermore man sought in fatal shooting of 16-year-old boy, police said," 9 July 2019 Someone in a dark-colored Chevrolet Impala with tinted windows fired gunshots about 4:10 p.m. at an apartment on Park Meadow Drive, the statement says. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "At least two injured in Elyria police shooting at gas station, authorities say," 3 July 2019 During the ensuing standoff, the man fired gunshots out of a window and set fire to the home, authorities said. Washington Post, "Gunman killed after bizarre standoff at burning LA-area home," 7 June 2019 During the ensuing standoff, the man fired gunshots out of a window and set fire to the home, authorities said. Fox News, "Gunman killed after bizarre standoff at burning LA-area home," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of gunshot

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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gunshot

noun

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

gunshot

noun
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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