gun

A gun is a hand-held weapon that fires bullets or shells. A hunter's gun looks very different from the gun carried in a holster by a police officer.Guns come in all shapes and sizes, but they are all dangerous weapons.

Most guns are designed to kill or injure, whether when hunting animals or used for self-defense. There are also starting guns, which make a loud noise to mark the start of a race; squirt guns, which fire streams of water; and paintball guns, used to shoot paint pellets during a paintball game. A so-called "hired gun" is a professional who's paid for their particular abilities. "Son of a gun" is an informal, fond way to refer to someone.

Definitions of gun
  1. noun
    a weapon that discharges a missile at high velocity (especially from a metal tube or barrel)
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    air gun, air rifle, airgun
    a gun that propels a projectile by compressed air
    ack-ack, ack-ack gun, antiaircraft, antiaircraft gun, flack, flak, pom-pom
    artillery designed to shoot upward at airplanes
    breechloader
    a gun that is loaded at the breech
    cannon
    heavy automatic gun fired from an airplane
    cannon
    heavy gun fired from a tank
    firearm, piece, small-arm
    a portable gun
    gas gun
    a gun that fires gas shells
    minute gun
    (military) gun that is discharged once every minute (usually as part of a military funeral)
    Quaker gun
    a dummy gun or piece of artillery made usually of wood
    set gun, spring gun
    a gun that is set to fire on any intruder that comes in contact with the wire that sets it off
    whaling gun
    a gun (or device resembling a gun) for discharging a projectile (especially a harpoon) at a whale
    autoloader, self-loader
    a firearm that reloads itself
    BB gun
    an air gun in which BBs are propelled by compressed air
    Bofors gun
    an automatic double-barreled antiaircraft gun
    muzzle loader
    an obsolete firearm that was loaded through the muzzle
    paintball gun
    an air gun used in the game of paintball; designed to simulate a semiautomatic
    handgun, pistol, shooting iron, side arm
    a firearm that is held and fired with one hand
    repeater, repeating firearm
    a firearm that can fire several rounds without reloading
    rifle
    a shoulder firearm with a long barrel and a rifled bore
    riot gun
    a firearm designed to disperse rioters rather than to inflict serious injury or death
    scattergun, shotgun
    firearm that is a double-barreled smoothbore shoulder weapon for firing shot at short ranges
    smoothbore
    a firearm that has no rifling
    .22, twenty-two
    a .22 caliber firearm (pistol or rifle)
    type of:
    arm, weapon, weapon system
    any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting
  2. noun
    a hand-operated pump that resembles a revolver; forces grease into parts of a machine
    synonyms: grease-gun
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    pump
    a mechanical device that moves fluid or gas by pressure or suction
  3. noun
    the discharge of a firearm as signal or as a salute in military ceremonies
    “two runners started before the gun
    “a twenty gun salute”
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    discharge, firing, firing off
    the act of discharging a gun
  4. noun
    a person who shoots a gun (as regards their ability)
    synonyms: gunman
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    shooter, shot
    a person who shoots (usually with respect to their ability to shoot)
  5. noun
    a professional killer who uses a gun
    synonyms: gun for hire, gunman, gunslinger, hired gun, hit man, hitman, shooter, torpedo, triggerman
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    liquidator, manslayer, murderer
    a criminal who commits homicide (who performs the unlawful premeditated killing of another human being)
  6. noun
    large but transportable armament
    synonyms: artillery, heavy weapon, ordnance
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    cannon
    a large artillery gun that is usually on wheels
    field artillery, field gun
    movable artillery (other than antiaircraft) used by armies in the field (especially for direct support of front-line troops)
    four-pounder
    an artillery gun that throws a shot weighing four pounds
    basilisk
    ancient brass cannon
    culverin
    a heavy cannon with a long barrel used in the 16th and 17th centuries
    harpoon gun
    a cannon or similar gun that fires harpoons
    high-angle gun
    a cannon that can be fired at a high elevation for relatively short ranges
    long tom
    a long swivel cannon formerly used by the navy
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    armament
    weaponry used by military or naval force
  7. noun
    a pedal that controls the throttle valve
    synonyms: accelerator, accelerator pedal, gas, gas pedal, throttle
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    foot lever, foot pedal, pedal, treadle
    a lever that is operated with the foot
  8. verb
    shoot with a gun
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    machine gun
    shoot with a machine gun
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    blast, shoot
    fire a shot
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