spray gun

noun

: 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 The contractor used a paint spray gun to prime the walls with white paint, leaving us to paint them with our own color choice. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2024 The cabin, nestled mid-mountain on Aspen Highlands, is known for its raucous champagne-shower lunches where Veuve Clicquot is shot out of spray guns while a DJ blasts and strobe lights flash. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 10 Jan. 2024 Only in the 1980s would Ruscha consent to pick up a spray gun, in large-scale, word-free grisailles of an elephant climbing a hill, or two ships tossed at sea. Jason Farago, New York Times, 7 Sep. 2023 Advertisement - Continue Reading Below How to use a spray gun to paint a car Using a car paint sprayer involves a bit of a learning curve so don't be discouraged if your first paint job doesn't turn out perfectly (in other words, practice on something else before your car!). Jamie Spain, Good Housekeeping, 28 Aug. 2023 For most people, getting a tan—whether via sun, spray gun, or bottle—is by no means a radical act. Parizaad Khan Sethi, Vogue, 7 Aug. 2023 Painting pros would probably use DTM (direct-to-metal) paint and apply it with an airless spray gun, but these paints can also be applied with a brush or roller. Jeanne Huber, Washington Post, 21 July 2023 Catalyzed spray paints otherwise known as two-component or 2K are all the rage these days for delivering a spray gun quality coating without a spray gun and associated apparatus, such as a compressor. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 26 June 2023 Then a worker pours food coloring into a funnel that feeds a spray gun, which shoots it into the drum, where the tumbling mixes and dries it. Kevin Dupzyk Christopher Payne, New York Times, 6 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of spray gun was in 1920

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“Spray gun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spray%20gun. Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

spray gun

noun
: a device for spraying liquids (as paints and insecticides)

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