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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Thompson suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen that continues to cause him trouble today, according to the lawsuit. Mike Carter, The Seattle Times, "Brothers’ lawsuit against Olympia police officer who shot them can move forward, judge rules," 12 Feb. 2019 Dejanay Stanton, 24, a black trans woman, died of a gunshot wound to the head on August 30 in Chicago. Josephine Yurcaba, Teen Vogue, "22 Transgender People Have Been Killed in 2018," 20 Nov. 2018 Marshall Levine, a hypnotherapist and life coach, was found dead in an office building on Saturday suffering from a gunshot wound. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Arizona suspect linked to 4 recent shooting deaths found dead in hotel room, police say," 2 Oct. 2018 The gun, as General Dynamics revealed to Breaking Defense, is tied to a shot-spotter that will automatically point the gun to the source of incoming gunshots. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "One of These 3 Tanks Will Replace the U.S. Army’s M2 Bradley," 10 Oct. 2018 Live video of the competitors themselves cut to a full-screen shot of the gameplay feed as the shooting began, but audio of gunshots and screaming victims was still being captured. Megan Geuss And Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Mass shooting at Florida Madden tournament leaves multiple casualties [Updated]," 26 Aug. 2018 An actor armed with an airsoft gun fires at officers who, in turn, must disable the shooter amid the sounds of gunshots and the smell of gunpowder. Annie Martin,, "New UCF police chief talks about preventing shootings, sex crimes," 13 July 2018 That's when witnesses said Jennings fired several gunshots. Joe Robertson, kansascity, "Boyfriend killed while girlfriend listens on phone; murder charge filed," 27 June 2018 Callers also reported the sound of gunshots in the area, the department said. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Man dies after car crashes into North Sacramento home," 27 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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