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 Louisville Metro Police officers had found Turner, 34, at the bus stop about 6:20 a.m. that January morning suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 9 June 2021 The coroner’s office conducted an autopsy Monday, issuing a finding that Cowart died from a gunshot wound to the head. Clifford Ward,, 9 June 2021 The 29-year-old male also suffered a gunshot wound to his shoulder and was brought to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in stable condition, the NYPD said. Amir Vera And Evan Simko-bednarski, CNN, 8 June 2021 On May 14, a 33-year-old Milwaukee man was taken to ProHealth Waukesha Memorial Hospital with an abdominal gunshot wound at about 9:50 p.m. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 June 2021 Harris was wanted on charges stemming from the shooting death of 24-year-old Jai Hayes, who was found in a car in a DeKalb shopping center parking lot with a fatal gunshot wound in the early morning hours of March 18, 2020. Henri Hollis, ajc, 8 June 2021 Officers were alerted a short time later that a man suffering from a gunshot wound was in critical condition at North Memorial Health Hospital. Alex Chhith, Star Tribune, 7 June 2021 Police responded to the report of a shooting and found Dye lying in a parking lot with a gunshot wound to the head, Cleveland police spokeswoman Sgt. Olivia Mitchell, cleveland, 7 June 2021 Sunday shooting:1 woman found shot to death on north side Shortly after 7:15 p.m., Indianapolis police found 22-year-old Timothy Hood dead with a gunshot wound in a condominium garage on the south side of the city. Lawrence Andrea, The Indianapolis Star, 7 June 2021

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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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12 Jun 2021

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“Gunshot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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