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gunshot

[guhn-shot] /ˈgʌnˌʃɒt/
noun
1.
the shooting of a gun:
We heard three gunshots.
2.
a bullet, projectile, or other shot fired from a gun.
3.
the range of a gun:
The bear was out of gunshot.
adjective
4.
made by a gunshot.
Origin of gunshot
late Middle English
1375-1425
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425; See origin at gun1, shot1
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  • He ran the harder, and in a few seconds would have been out of gunshot.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • He had been taught that an animal should not bleed to death through a gunshot wound.

    The Boy Settlers

    Noah Brooks
  • He was badly hacked, and from a gunshot wound in the vitals he was bleeding to death.

    The Pirate of Panama William MacLeod Raine
  • But the animals are cunning and seldom expose themselves to gunshot.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin
  • Only once we heard a gunshot a great way off, and supposed them to be hunting.

    Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for gunshot

gunshot

/ˈɡʌnˌʃɒt/
noun
1.
  1. shot fired from a gun
  2. (as modifier): gunshot wounds
2.
the range of a gun
3.
the shooting of a gun
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Word Origin and History for gunshot
n.

early 15c., "shot fired from a gun," from gun (n.) + shot (n.). Meaning "range of a gun or cannon" is from 1530s.

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