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.

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Three bodies, each with a single fatal gunshot wound, were partially decomposed in a shed behind the KCID Road farmhouse that Baker and Bullinger bought in May 2017. Nicole Blanchard And Ruth Brown, idahostatesman, "He left behind 3 dead women & disappeared. Friends, family & the law still seek answers.," 15 June 2018 He was found dead with a gunshot wound to the temple in 2012. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, "A dynasty secured," 13 June 2018 Sheriff’s police responded to the home at about 11:30 a.m. Monday for a report of an accidental discharge of a firearm and found the 5-year-old with a gunshot wound, according to a news release. Mike Nolan, Daily Southtown, "5-year-old accidentally shot by 8-year-old while playing with uncle's gun: police," 6 June 2018 Bigelow said neighbors heard gunshots sometime late Monday night or early Tuesday morning. David Harris,, "Man found shot to death in vacant field in Orlando, cops say," 11 July 2018 As the men pursued each other through nearby streets, court officers heard gunshots, Mr. Chalfen said. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "Man Is Killed by Stolen Minivan After Gunfire Near Courthouse," 10 July 2018 The co-worker heard the gunshots and entered the residence to find the man dead, police said. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Phoenix police searching for man wanted in June 3 homicide," 3 July 2018 The shooting occurred just after 5:30 a.m., when a passerby heard gunshots at the Shell gas station at Venice and Hauser boulevards and called 911, said Los Angeles police spokeswoman Norma Eisenman. Joseph Serna,, "Woman fatally shot at Mid-City gas station; suspects at large," 3 July 2018 Her mother heard the gunshots and then found the body. Nick Paton Walsh, CNN, "Gangs in El Salvador are using women's bodies for 'revenge and control'," 14 June 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 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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