spray gun


Definition of spray gun

: an apparatus resembling a gun for applying a substance (such as paint or insecticide) in the form of a spray

Examples of spray gun in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My husband, who majored in industrial design and spent a fair amount of his time in college spray painting models, mastered the spray gun—after a few false starts. Margaux Lushing, House Beautiful, "My Wedding Was Cancelled—So Instead I Painted My Entire House," 3 Mar. 2021 The new colorants come in a powdered form that Cypris Materials says can be incorporated into manufacturing processes—added to paint in an automotive spray gun, for example, or mixed into nail polish. Meg Wilcox, Scientific American, "A Butterfly’s Brilliant Blue Wings Lead to Less Toxic Paint," 13 Nov. 2020 In the late 1950s, a spray gun that fired a cloud of poison cyanide gas was used by a former KGB agent to assassinate two Ukrainian nationalist leaders. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "Nature's Toxic Gifts: The Deadly Story of Poison," 4 Oct. 2020 The spray gun looked sort of like a really cool Nerf dart gun. Dallas News, "Behind the scenes of the Cowboys' colossal comeback: Greg Zuerlein’s fidget spinner kick, SuperDak emerges and more," 22 Sep. 2020 The best coating is applied using an adjustable spray gun powered by an air compressor. Bryce M. Towsley, Outdoor Life, "3 Ways to Refinish Your Gun With a Custom Paint Job," 13 May 2020 Rick bought a $14 spray gun from Harbor Freight and watched a bunch of car-painting videos online. John Kelly, Washington Post, "This car’s crazy paint job dazzles everyone who sees it," 16 Mar. 2020 With a futuristic spray gun filled with disinfectant, Truman points the device at door handles, desks and nearly every surface in the room. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "Here's how some Arizona schools are deep cleaning over spring break," 13 Mar. 2020 In the photo below, Sipma is seen using a spray gun as workmen steady his ladder. latimes.com, "Today: SoCal's Seismic Calm Is Over," 5 July 2019

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First Known Use of spray gun

1920, in the meaning defined above

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8 Mar 2021

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“Spray gun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spray%20gun. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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