- the sailors and petty officers in charge of a gun on a ship.
Origin of gun crew
First recorded in 1860–65
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Examples from the Web for gun crew
The American in command of the gun-crew was the only one who smiled, and he did it openly.West Wind Drift
George Barr McCutcheon
Rexdale, who was closely noting the practice, hesitated, it being the strict rule that no one outside the gun-crew should fire.
"Fire on the top of the roll," cautioned the captain of the gun-crew, which comprised four of the best gunners on the ship.
A fragment of the exploding shell must have hit one of the German gun-crew, for a man fell on his face and rolled overboard.Dave Darrin and the German Submarines
H. Irving Hancock
The next few hours must have been very uncomfortable for the German gun-crew.Italy at War and the Allies in the West
E. Alexander Powell