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gunshot

[guhn-shot]
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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.
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adjective
  1. made by a gunshot.
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Origin of gunshot

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

noun
    1. shot fired from a gun
    2. (as modifier)gunshot wounds
  1. the range of a gun
  2. 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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