A gun with bullets.
- The definition of a gun is a weapon with a metal tube that fires bullets or other explosives, or a device with a tube that shoots objects at a target.
- An example of a gun is a rifle.
- An example of a gun is what a person would use to shoot water at a target in a carnival game.
- Gun is defined as to shoot a person or thing, or to press the gas pedal in a car to speed up quickly.
- An example of gun is a hunter shooting a deer; gun down a deer.
- An example of gun is a robber getting his car to speed away from a crime scene to get away from the police; gun the engine.
- a weapon consisting of a metal tube from which a projectile is discharged by the force of an explosive; specif.,
- technically, a heavy weapon with a relatively long barrel fixed in a mount, as a cannon or machine gun
- a rifle
- popularly a pistol or revolver
- any similar device not discharged by an explosive: an air gun
- a discharge of a gun in signaling or saluting
- anything like a gun in shape or use
- Slang gunman (sense )
- Slang the throttle of an engine
Origin of gunMiddle English gunne, gonne, contr. from gonnilde, a 14th-c. cannon from Old Norse Gunnhildr, feminine name ( from gunnr, older form of guthr, war + hildr, battle)
intransitive verbgunned, gun′ning
- Informal to shoot (a person) intentionally: with down
- Slang to advance the throttle of (an engine) so as to increase the speed
give it the gun
Origin of gunfrom the resemblance of early airplane accelerators to the trigger of a gun
go great guns
- to hunt for with a gun
- to look for in order to shoot or harm
- Slang to try to get; seek
jump the gunInformal
- to begin a race before the signal has been given
- to begin anything before the proper time
spike someone's guns
stick to one's guns
under the gun
- A weapon consisting of a metal tube from which a projectile is fired at high velocity into a relatively flat trajectory, especially:a. A portable firearm, such as a rifle or revolver.b. A cannon with a long barrel and a relatively low angle of fire.
- A device resembling a firearm or cannon, as in its ability to project something, such as grease or paint, under pressure or at great speed.
- A discharge of a firearm or cannon as a signal or salute: heard the guns honoring the leader.
- One who is armed with or skilled in the use of a gun.
- The throttle of an engine, as of an automobile.
- guns Slang The biceps muscles of the arms.
verbgunned, gun·ning, guns
- To shoot (a person): a bank robber who was gunned down by the police.
- To open the throttle of (an engine) so as to accelerate: gunned the engine and sped off.
Origin of gunMiddle English gonne cannon short for Gunilda woman's name applied to a siege engine from Old Norse Gunnhildr woman's name gunnr war ; see gwhen- in Indo-European roots. hildr war
- A device for projecting a hard object very forcefully; a firearm or cannon.
- A very portable, short firearm, for hand use, which fires bullets or projectiles, such as a handgun, revolver, pistol, or Derringer.
- A less portable, long firearm, bullet or projectile firing; a rifle, either manual, automatic or semi-automatic; a flintlock, musket or shotgun.
- (military) A cannon with relatively long barrel, operating with relatively low angle of fire, and having a high muzzle velocity.
- (military) A cannon with a 6-inch/155mm minimum nominal bore diameter and tube length 30 calibers or more. See also: howitzer; mortar.
- A device operated by a trigger and acting in a manner similar to a firearm.
- There are some guns that are not designed for killing.
- Any implement designed to fire a projectile from a tube.
- air-pressure pellet gun; air rifle; BB gun; zipgun; nail gun; a potato gun
- A device or tool that projects a substance.
- a squirt gun; a spray gun; a grease gun
- A device or tool that applies something rather than projecting it.
- a rivet gun; a screw gun; a price-label gun
- (surfing) A long surfboard designed for surfing big waves (not the same as a longboard, a gun has a pointed nose and is generally a little narrower).
- (cellular automata) A pattern that "fires" out other patterns.
- (colloquial) A man who carries or uses a rifle, shotgun or handgun.
- (colloquial, usually plural) The biceps.
- (nautical, in the plural) Violent blasts of wind.
(third-person singular simple present guns, present participle gunning, simple past and past participle gunned)
- (with “down”) To shoot someone or something, usually with a firearm.
- He gunned down the hitmen.
- The CEO gunned down that idea before we could present it to the board.
- To speed something up.
- He gunned the engine.
- To offer vigorous support to a person or cause.
- He’s gunning for you.
- To seek to attack someone; to take aim at someone.
- He's been gunning for you ever since you embarrassed him at the party.
- To practice fowling or hunting small game; chiefly in participial form: to go gunning.
Middle English Lady Gunilda which was a huge crossbow that used powerful shot. It later became used for firearms like cannons and muskets. The Germanic woman’s name “Gundahild” , cognate to modern Scandinavian Gunhild, means “war" + "battle maid”.
- (eye dialect, nonstandard) A verb used to express future action.
- I'm gun go get da gun from da closet.