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1 [guhn]
a weapon consisting of a metal tube, with mechanical attachments, from which projectiles are shot by the force of an explosive; a piece of ordnance.
any portable firearm, as a rifle, shotgun, or revolver.
a long-barreled cannon having a relatively flat trajectory.
any device for shooting something under pressure: a paint gun; a staple gun.
Slang. a person whose profession is killing; professional killer: a gangland gun.
British. a member of a shooting party.
(esp. in baseball) a player’s throwing arm.
guns, the biceps or triceps of the arms: his big, muscular guns.
verb (used with object), gunned, gunning.
to shoot with a gun (often followed by down ): The guards gunned down the fleeing convict.
to cause (an engine, vehicle, aircraft, etc.) to increase in speed very quickly by increasing the supply of fuel.
verb (used without object), gunned, gunning.
to hunt with a gun.
to shoot with a gun.
Verb phrases
gun for,
to seek with intent to harm or kill.
to seek; try earnestly to obtain: He is gunning for a raise.
give the gun, Slang. to put into motion or speed up: We gave the motor the gun and drove off.
jump the gun, Slang.
to begin a race before the starting signal.
to begin prematurely; act too hastily.
spike someone's guns, to frustrate or prevent someone from accomplishing a plan: Our competitors planned a surprise reduction in their rates, but we discovered it and were able to spike their guns.
stick to one's guns, to maintain one's position in the face of opposition; stand firm: They stuck to their guns and refused to submit. Also, stand by one's guns.
under the gun, under pressure, as to meet a deadline or solve a problem: We're all under the gun with these new sales quotas.

1300–50; Middle English gunne, gonne, apparently short for Anglo-Latin Gunilda, gonnyld, name for engine of war; compare Old Norse Gunna, short for Gunnhildr woman's name

gunless, adjective


2 [guhn]
past participle of gin3.
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gun (ɡʌn)
1.  a.  a weapon with a metallic tube or barrel from which a missile is discharged, usually by force of an explosion. It may be portable or mounted. In a military context the term applies specifically to a flat-trajectory artillery piece
 b.  (as modifier): a gun barrel
2.  the firing of a gun as a salute or signal, as in military ceremonial
3.  a member of or a place in a shooting party or syndicate
4.  any device used to project something under pressure: a grease gun; a spray gun
5.  slang (US) an armed criminal; gunman
6.  slang (Austral), (NZ)
 a.  an expert
 b.  (as modifier): a gun shearer; a gun batsman
7.  slang go great guns to act or function with great speed, intensity, etc
8.  jump the gun, beat the gun
 a.  (of a runner, etc) to set off before the starting signal is given
 b.  informal to act prematurely
9.  spike someone's guns See spike
10.  informal stick to one's guns to maintain one's opinions or intentions in spite of opposition
vb (when tr, often foll by down) , guns, gunning, gunned
11.  to shoot (someone) with a gun
12.  (tr) to press hard on the accelerator of (an engine): to gun the engine of a car
13.  (intr) to hunt with a gun
[C14: probably from a female pet name shortened from the Scandinavian name Gunnhildr (from Old Norse gunnr war + hildr war)]

gunning (ˈɡʌnɪŋ)
1.  the act or an instance of shooting with guns
2.  the art, practice, or act of hunting game with guns

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., gunne "an engine of war that throws rocks, arrows or other missiles," probably a shortening of woman's name Gunilda, found in M.E. gonnilde "cannon" and in an Anglo-L. reference to a specific gun from a 1330 munitions inventory of Windsor Castle ("...una magna balista de cornu quae Domina Gunilda
..."), from O.N. Gunnhildr, woman's name (from gunnr + hildr, both meaning "war, battle"); the identification of women with powerful weapons is common historically (cf. Big Bertha, Brown Bess, etc.); meaning shifted with technology, from cannons to firearms as they developed 15c. Great guns (cannon, etc.) distinguished from small guns (such as muskets) from c.1400. First applied to pistols and revolvers 1744. Meaning "thief, rascal" is from 1858. The verb meaning "to shoot with a gun" is from 1620s; the sense of "to accelerate an engine" is from 1930. Gun-shy is 1884, originally of sporting dogs. Son of a gun is originally nautical. Gun-metal (commonly an alloy of copper and zinc) used attributively of a dull blue-gray color since 1905. Gunboat is from 1793; gunboat diplomacy is from 1927, originally with reference to China.
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Example sentences
Above all, watermen say, the festival is an excuse to don hip boots and gunning
  jackets and tramp out to the marshes again.
When one is hungry, chances of eating are better looking for minnows that
  gunning for the big whale.
These guys go non-stop, gunning and running, moving and shaking.
He was accused of gunning down two prospectors and other crimes while under the
  influence of alcohol.
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