a person who operates a gun or cannon.
Army. an occupational title in the artillery.
Navy. a person skilled in handling ammunition and gunnery equipment.
Marine Corps. a warrant officer who may be given any one of a number of assignments.
Military. a private in the artillery.
Informal. any officer or enlisted person assigned to the artillery.
a person who hunts with a gun.
- gun·ner·ship, noun
- un·der·gun·ner, noun
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How to use gunner in a sentence
The paste would be rolled into balls and then dried, and those balls would be crushed in a mortar by a gunner in the field right before it was used.Scientists test medieval gunpowder recipes with 15th-century cannon replica | Jennifer Ouellette | September 29, 2021 | Ars Technica
An interdisciplinary team of chemists and historians wanted to learn more about how various recipes for gunpowder evolved over the centuries as master gunners tweaked the basic components to achieve better results.Scientists test medieval gunpowder recipes with 15th-century cannon replica | Jennifer Ouellette | September 29, 2021 | Ars Technica
He’s not, as some have charged, a gunner or ball hog — you don’t have three 20-plus-assist games in six weeks playing that way.Comparing Oscar Robertson and Russell Westbrook leaves you gasping at both | Thomas M. Boswell | May 13, 2021 | Washington Post
So my gunner tried to shoot near him to scare him but missed and hit him.
With his first shot on the tour of duty, the same sniper killed a Taliban machine-gunner from 1,465 yards.The Greatest Sniper Shot in History: Six Taliban Killed With One Bullet | Nico Hines | April 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
On that date, Kravitz, an assistant machine-gunner attached to Company L, was in a defensive position on strategic key terrain.Rocker Lenny Kravitz’s Namesake Receives Medal of Honor | Michael Daly | March 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
She had been at the Maidan tending to the wounded and a police submachine gunner shot her in the neck.
Colt, Remington, and Gauge have all soared, and gunner is much more common than the traditional name Gunnar.
The gunner, who sits on the seat behind the gun, points it and pulls the trigger.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2) | Francis Trevithick
The gunner's seat moved with the carriage, from which he could elevate or depress the muzzle by a lever.Life of Richard Trevithick, Volume II (of 2) | Francis Trevithick
He might be interested in some of this news, as he was a gunner, and it is all about shells, if ever I get home to tell him!Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie | George Brenton Laurie
We being at anchor and within range, the Rebel gunner had made nice calculations.The Boys of '61 | Charles Carleton Coffin.
Acting under the gunner's orders the crew rested on their oars a short distance beyond the place where the whale had sounded.The Boy With the U. S. Fisheries | Francis Rolt-Wheeler
British Dictionary definitions for gunner
a serviceman who works with, uses, or specializes in guns
navy (formerly) a warrant officer responsible for the training of gun crews, their performance in action, and accounting for ammunition
(in the British Army) an artilleryman, esp a private: Abbreviation: gnr
a person who hunts with a rifle or shotgun
- gunnership, noun
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