shotgun

noun
shot·​gun | \ ˈshät-ˌgən How to pronounce shotgun (audio) \

Definition of shotgun

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a usually smoothbore shoulder weapon capable of firing shot at short ranges
2 : an offensive football formation in which the quarterback plays a few yards behind the line of scrimmage and the other backs are scattered as flankers or slotbacks

shotgun

adjective

Definition of shotgun (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or using a shotgun
2 : involving coercion
3 : covering a wide field with hit-or-miss effectiveness

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Other Words from shotgun

Noun

shotgun transitive verb
shotgunner \ ˈshät-​ˌgə-​nər How to pronounce shotgunner (audio) \ noun

Examples of shotgun in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Robert Snyder survived the shotgun blast and was flown to Bethel, then to Anchorage and on to Seattle for injuries troopers described as life-threatening. Anchorage Daily News, "Akiachak man shot his brother to death in a fight over alcohol, troopers say," 17 Sep. 2019 Belichick said Karras showed some inconsistencies getting the ball to Brady with enough velocity in shotgun formations. Kyle Hightower, The Denver Post, "Patriots look to integrate Antonio Brown into Patriots culture," 9 Sep. 2019 But with the team perched on the nine and Zapata in shotgun formation, a high snap from center caused Zapata to fumble the ball and then falling on it for a gut-wrenching seven-yard loss. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Memorial dealt 14-0 season-opening loss to Kempner," 30 Aug. 2019 When Renna arrived on the scene, Roseman allegedly fired several shotgun blasts through his squad car’s passenger side door, hitting Renna in his right lung. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, "Aspiring Nurse and Mom Are Killed in Fla. Home Along With Dog — and Mother’s Boyfriend Is Suspect," 28 Aug. 2019 First-and-10: Hinsdale South returns four starters to a unit that will feature a spread offense, primarily from a shotgun formation with multiple-receiver sets. Mark Perlman, chicagotribune.com, "Pioneer Press 2019 football preview: Hinsdale South Hornets," 23 Aug. 2019 That will prevent them from fanning out—meaning, as Dr Bewick puts it, that the surviving debris will hit Earth like a single bullet instead of a shotgun blast, thus reducing the chance that anyone will be struck. The Economist, "No one has yet been killed by re-entering space junk," 10 Aug. 2019 At least eight people were reportedly wounded by shotgun pellets Friday as security forces tried to subdue protesters gathered by the thousands in the Kashmiri capital of Srinagar. Washington Post, "World Digest: Aug. 10, 2019," 10 Aug. 2019 The son of motel owner Bea Greer pushed it in and found a body with a shotgun blast to the front of the head – having allegedly pulled the trigger with his toe. Fox News, "Another Manson murder? Debra Tate, victim's sister, fights to reopen probe into 1969 suspicious death," 31 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Lunch and registration begin at 11 a.m., with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Post-Tribune, "Community calendar," 7 July 2017 Outing highlights include: Registration, lunch and a putting contest (noon) Shotgun start (1:30 p.m.) Dinner (6:30 p.m.) Proximities, skins, awards and a 50/50 raffle Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the event. Megan Becka, cleveland.com, "Akron Snow Angels to hold golf outing fundraiser," 13 June 2017 Outing highlights include: Registration, lunch and a putting contest (noon) Shotgun start (1:30 p.m.) Dinner (6:30 p.m.) Proximities, skins, awards and a 50/50 raffle Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the event. Megan Becka, cleveland.com, "Akron Snow Angels to hold golf outing fundraiser," 13 June 2017 Check-in at 11 a.m. followed by 1 p.m. shotgun start. Nick Roth, The Mercury News, "Golf events, tournaments, fundraisers," 7 June 2017

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First Known Use of shotgun

Noun

1776, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1892, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Oct 2019

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The first known use of shotgun was in 1776

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shotgun

noun
How to pronounce shotgun (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of shotgun

: a gun with a long barrel that shoots a large number of small metal balls (called buckshot)
American football : an offensive formation in which the quarterback is a few yards behind the line of scrimmage at the start of a play

shotgun

noun
shot·​gun | \ ˈshät-ˌgən How to pronounce shotgun (audio) \

Kids Definition of shotgun

: a gun with a long barrel used to fire shot at short range

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