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air gun

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noun
  1. a gun operated by compressed air.
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Origin of air gun

First recorded in 1745–55
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Examples from the Web for air gun

Historical Examples

  • (firing off the last word as if it were a ball from an air-gun).

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • "Here's your fishing-rod," she said, when I had released them and she had passed me my air-gun.

  • Punch and Judy, and the man with the air-gun and conspicuous mark, are also present.

    Foot-prints of Travel

    Maturin M. Ballou

  • And so it happened that when the time came for him to return to Weston, he took the air-gun with him.

  • "An air-gun would have made as much noise as a revolver," he said.

    The Master Mummer

    E. Phillips Oppenheim


British Dictionary definitions for air gun

air gun

noun
  1. a gun discharged by means of compressed air
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