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Definitions of gun

  1. a pedal that controls the throttle valve; "he stepped on the gas" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. large but transportable armament Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a hand-operated pump that resembles a gun; forces grease into parts of a machine Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. shoot with a gun Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. the discharge of a gun as signal or as a salute in military ceremonies; "a twenty gun salute" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a weapon that discharges a missile at high velocity (especially from a metal tube or barrel) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. a person who shoots a gun (as regards their ability) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
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  9. A weapon which throws or propels a missile to a distance; any firearm or instrument for throwing projectiles by the explosion of gunpowder, consisting of a tube or barrel closed at one end, in which the projectile is placed, with an explosive charge behind, which is ignited by various means. Muskets, rifles, carbines, and fowling pieces are smaller guns, for hand use, and are called small arms. Larger guns are called cannon, ordnance, fieldpieces, carronades, howitzers, etc. See these terms in the Vocabulary. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. A piece of heavy ordnance; in a restricted sense, a cannon. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Violent blasts of wind. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To practice fowling or hunting small game; - chiefly in participial form; as, to go gunning. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. A weapon for discharging shot, by the force of an explosive. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. To shoot with such a weapon. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. A firearm or weapon, from which balls or other projectiles are discharged, usually by means of gunpowder: now, generally applied to cannon. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. Instrument for throwing balls or shot by means of gunpowder. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. To shoot with a gun. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. A metal tube for firing projectiles by the force of gunpowder or other explosive. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  19. A fire-arm from which balls, shot, &c., are discharged by the explosion of gunpowder; a cannon. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  20. Any firearm, except a pistol and revolver; a fowling-piece; an instr. for throwing shot by means of gunpowder, as a musket, a rifle, a cannon. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  21. To practice fowling or hunting small game; -- chiefly in participial form; as, to go gunning. mso.anu.edu.au
  22. gun, n. a firearm or weapon, from which balls or other projectiles are discharged, usually by means of gunpowder--now generally applied to cannon: one who carries a gun, a member of a shooting-party.--v.i. (Amer.) to shoot with a gun.--ns. GUN'-BARR'EL, the barrel or tube of a gun; GUN'BOAT, a boat or small vessel of light draught, fitted to carry one or more guns; GUN'-CARR'IAGE, a carriage on which a gun or cannon is supported; GUN'-COTT'ON, an explosive prepared by saturating cotton with nitric acid; GUN'-FIRE (mil.), the hour at which the morning or evening gun is fired; GUN'-FLINT, a piece of flint fitted to the hammer of a flint-lock musket; GUN'-MET'AL, an alloy of copper and tin in the proportion of 9 to 1, used in making guns; GUN'NAGE, the number of guns carried by a ship of war; GUN'NER, one who works a gun or cannon: (naut.) a petty officer who has charge of the ordnance on board ship; GUN'NERY, the art of managing guns, or the science of artillery; GUN'NING, shooting game; GUN'-PORT, a port-hole; GUN'POWDER, an explosive powder used for guns and firearms; GUN'-ROOM, the apartment on board ship occupied by the gunner, or by the lieutenants as a mess-room; GUN'SHOT, the distance to which shot can be thrown from a gun.--adj. caused by the shot of a gun.--adj. GUN'-SHY, frightened by guns (of a sporting dog).--ns. GUN'SMITH, a smith or workman who makes or repairs guns or small-arms; GUN'STICK, a ramrod; GUN'STOCK, the stock or piece of wood on which the barrel of a gun is fixed; GUN'STONE (Shak.), a stone, formerly used as shot for a gun; GUN'-TACK'LE (naut.), the tackle used on board ship by which the guns are run to and from the port-holes; GUN'-WAD, a wad for a gun; GAT'LING-GUN, a revolving battery-gun, invented by R. J. Gatling about 1861, usually having ten parallel barrels, capable of firing 1200 shots a minute; MACHINE'-GUN (see MACHINE).--AS SURE AS A GUN, quite sure, certainly; BLOW GREAT GUNS, to blow tempestuously--of wind; GREAT GUN, a cannon: (coll.) a person of great importance; SON OF A GUN, a rogue, rascal. [M. E. gonne, from W. gwn, a bowl, a gun, acc. to Skeat.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  23. Metal tube for throwing missiles with gunpowder or some explosive force, piece of ordnance, cannon, musket, fowling-piece, rifle, carbine, (sure as a g., certainly, beyond question; stand, stick, to one\'s gg., maintain position; son of a g., contemptible fellow; great g., eminent person; blow great gg., violently, a gale); member of shooting-party; gunboat, small warship carrying heavy gun (s); g.-CARRIAGE; g.-case, case for sporting g., also judge\'s tippet; g.-cotton, explosive made by steeping cotton in nitric& sulphuric acids formerly used for blasting; g.-fire, firing of g., esp. (Mil., Naut.) of morning or evening g. to show time; g.-harpoon, propelled from g., not by hand; g.-house, shelter for g. & gunner in action; g.-lock, mechanism by which charge of g. is exploded; g.-metal, alloy of copper& tin or zinc (formerly used for gg.); g.-pit, to protect gg. from enemy\'s fire; gunpowder, explosive of saltpetre, sulphur, & charcoal, for use in guns& blasting (gunpowder plot, 5th Nov. 1605 to blow up Parliament), fine green tea of granular appearance, white gunpowder, kinds of modern explosive; g.-room, compartment in warship fitted up for junior officers or as lieutenants\' mess-room (orig. for gunner& his mates); g.-runner, -ning, (person engaged in) illegal introduction of fire-arms into dependent country; gunshot, range of g. (out of, within, gunshot); g.-shy, frightened at report of g. (esp. of sporting dog); gunsmith, maker and repairer of small fire-arms; g.-stock, wooden mounting of g.-barrel. Hence (heavily &c.) gunned, gunless, aa. [old Norse] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  24. n. [Etymology uncertain; perhaps from Latin] A tube or barrel, usually of iron, for discharging balls, shot, or other missiles, by the explosion of gunpowder; a fire-arm in general—the larger kinds are called cannon, and the smaller, musket, carbine, rifle, fowling-piece, &c. Cabinet Dictionary
  25. The general name for firearms, the instrument from which shot is discharged by fire. Complete Dictionary

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