Gun meaning

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A discharge of a firearm or cannon as a signal or salute.

Heard the guns honoring the leader.

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A weapon consisting of a metal tube from which a projectile is fired at high velocity into a relatively flat trajectory, especially:
  • A portable firearm, such as a rifle or revolver.
  • A cannon with a long barrel and a relatively low angle of fire.
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One who is armed with or skilled in the use of a gun.
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The throttle of an engine, as of an automobile.
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To open the throttle of (an engine) so as to accelerate.

Gunned the engine and sped off.

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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.

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(slang) The biceps muscles of the arms.
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To shoot (a person).

A bank robber who was gunned down by the police.

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To hunt with a gun.
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A weapon consisting of a metal tube from which a projectile is discharged by the force of an explosive.
  • 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.
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Any similar device not discharged by an explosive.

An air gun.

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A discharge of a gun in signaling or saluting.
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Anything like a gun in shape or use.
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(slang) The throttle of an engine.
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To shoot or hunt with a gun; go shooting or hunting.
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(informal) To shoot (a person) intentionally.
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(slang) To advance the throttle of (an engine) so as to increase the speed.
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A device for projecting a hard object very forcefully; a firearm or cannon.

Guns were considered improvements of crossbows and catapults.

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A device operated by a trigger and acting in a manner similar to a firearm.
  • 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.

There are some guns that are not designed for killing.

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(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).
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(cellular automata) A pattern that "fires" out other patterns.
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(colloquial) A man who carries or uses a rifle, shotgun or handgun.
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(colloquial, usually plural) The biceps.
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(nautical, in the plural) Violent blasts of wind.
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(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.

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To speed something up.

He gunned the engine.

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To offer vigorous support to a person or cause.

He’s gunning for you.

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To seek to attack someone; to take aim at someone.

He's been gunning for you ever since you embarrassed him at the party.

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To practice fowling or hunting small game; chiefly in participial form: to go gunning.
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(eye dialect, nonstandard) A verb used to express future action.

I'm gun go get da gun from da closet.

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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.

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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.
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go great guns
  • To proceed or perform with great speed, skill, or success.
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hold a gun to (someone's) head
  • To put pressure on someone.
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under the gun
  • Under great pressure or under threat.
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give it the gun
  • to cause something to start or gain speed
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go great guns
  • to act with speed and efficiency
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gun for
  • to hunt for with a gun
  • to look for in order to shoot or harm
  • to try to get; seek
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(informal) jump the gun
  • to begin a race before the signal has been given
  • to begin anything before the proper time
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spike someone's guns
  • to frustrate or defeat someone
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stick to one's guns
  • to hold one's position under attack; not withdraw or retreat; be firm
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under the gun
  • in a tense, demanding situation or threatened state, often one involving a deadline
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Origin of gun

  • Middle English gonne cannon short for Gunilda woman's name applied to a siege engine from Old Norse Gunnhildr woman's name gunnr war gwhen- in Indo-European roots hildr war

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”.

    From Wiktionary

  • From gunna, from gonna, from going to

    From Wiktionary