"gun" Definition

Definitions for the word "gun" from multiple English dictionaries.

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Source: The 1913 Webster Unabridged Dictionary, 1913
2. n.
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.
Source: The 1913 Webster Unabridged Dictionary, 1913
3. n.
A piece of heavy ordnance; in a restricted sense, a cannon.
Source: The 1913 Webster Unabridged Dictionary, 1913
4. n.
Violent blasts of wind.
Source: The 1913 Webster Unabridged Dictionary, 1913
5. v. i.
To practice fowling or hunting small game; -- chiefly in participial form; as, to go gunning.
Source: The 1913 Webster Unabridged Dictionary, 1913
6. n.
1 weapon consisting of a metal tube from which bullets or other missiles are propelled with great force, esp. By a contained explosion. 2 starting pistol. 3 device for discharging insecticide, grease etc., in the required direction. 4 member of a shooting-party. 5 us gunman. v. (-nn-) 1 a (usu. Foll. By down) shoot (a person) with a gun. B shoot at with a gun. 2 go shooting. 3 (foll. By for) seek out determinedly to attack or rebuke. go great guns colloq. Proceed vigorously or successfully. Stick to one''s guns colloq. Maintain one''s position under attack. [perhaps an abbreviation of the scandinavian woman''s name gunnhildr, applied to cannon etc.]
Source: Oxford English Dictionary, 1884
7. slang
a magsman or street thief. Diminutive of gonnuf or gunnof. A GUN’S practice is known as GUNOVING.
Source: The Slang Dictionary, 1864

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