gunshot

noun

gun·​shot ˈgən-ˌshät How to pronounce gunshot (audio)
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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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Gunshot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gunshot. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

gunshot

noun
gun·​shot -ˌshät How to pronounce gunshot (audio)
1
: shot fired from a gun
2
: the range of a gun
within gunshot
3
: the firing of a gun
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