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gunfire

[guhn-fahyuh r] /ˈgʌnˌfaɪər/
noun
1.
the firing of a gun or guns.
2.
Military. the tactical use of firearms, especially artillery, as distinguished from other weapons, as bayonets, torpedoes, or grenades.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; gun1 + fire
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  • They could hear gunfire and could see puffs of smoke in the city.
  • It was already midnight, and he was listening to the noise of heavy gunfire, four streets away.
  • In the period of three to four seconds during which the shutter remained open, the camera clearly captured the furious gunfire.
  • He could only see his two daughters move, hunching down to avoid the gunfire.
  • Yet gunfire erupted in some movie houses on opening night.
  • gunfire, and its effects, had long ago woven itself deeply into the soldiers' days.
  • One early morning, as they camped on a rock face they were ascending, gunfire shattered the dawn.
  • Some were felled by gunfire, others by poisoned arrows.
  • The gunfire begins in the afternoon and goes on all through the twilit night.
  • Rebels, missing limbs, gunfire for days-it was awful.
British Dictionary definitions for gunfire

gunfire

/ˈɡʌnˌfaɪə/
noun
1.
the firing of one or more guns, esp when done repeatedly
2.
the use of firearms, as contrasted with other military tactics
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