[guhn-fahyuh r]
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  1. the firing of a gun or guns.
  2. Military. the tactical use of firearms, especially artillery, as distinguished from other weapons, as bayonets, torpedoes, or grenades.

Origin of gunfire

First recorded in 1795–1805; gun1 + fire Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. the firing of one or more guns, esp when done repeatedly
  2. the use of firearms, as contrasted with other military tactics
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