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 Kasmira Nash, 37, died of a gunshot wound at Vibes Restaurant and Ultra Lounge, the Jefferson County Coroner's Office said. Ayana Archie, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville woman killed during pre-Kentucky Derby party at Vibes nightclub is identified," 4 May 2021 Houston was found with a gunshot wound outside of Encore Hookah Bar & Bistro on Luckie Street just before midnight on Jan. 7. Henri Hollis, ajc, "Reward increased to $10K in downtown Atlanta hookah lounge killing," 4 May 2021 Police found 44-year-old Shontell Rose dead inside an apartment with a gunshot wound to his head, Jane Morice reports. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "Who will draw short straw of Ohio’s congressional map redraw? The Wake Up for Monday, May 3, 2021," 3 May 2021 The youngest person killed, a 17-year-old male, was driving a car around 3 p.m. Sunday when one or more shooters opened fire, causing the teenager to suffer at least one gunshot wound to his face, police said. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, "Chicago crime: 46 people shot, 7 killed during weekend violence," 3 May 2021 Smith stayed at the hospital for treatment of his gunshot wound and observation. James Whitlow,, "Harford sheriff’s deputies arrest 3 more in April 18 Edgewood shooting, each charged with attempted murder," 3 May 2021 Another man suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the leg and was treated at a local hospital and released. Shawn Mcfarland,, "Waterbury police investigating Saturday night shooting that left one dead, another injured," 2 May 2021 Ericka was dead of an apparent gunshot wound, the Akron Police would later announce. Logan Johnson, NBC News, "Loved ones hoping reward offered by Cleveland Cavaliers will lead to answers in murder of Ericka Weems six months after she was shot at Ohio home," 2 May 2021 One woman suffered a gunshot wound after a shooting near Bell Road and 29th Street, according to Phoenix Police Department spokesperson Margaret Cox. Miguel Torres, The Arizona Republic, "Woman injured after shooting in Phoenix; suspect barricaded in apartment," 2 May 2021

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First Known Use of gunshot

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 May 2021

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“Gunshot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 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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