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[guhn-shot] /ˈgʌnˌʃɒt/
the shooting of a gun:
We heard three gunshots.
a bullet, projectile, or other shot fired from a gun.
the range of a gun:
The bear was out of gunshot.
made by a gunshot.
Origin of gunshot
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English; see gun1, shot1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gunshot
  • It's a more nuanced situation than a simple gunshot, and that will probably emerge from the legal process.
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  • Suppose your husband dies from a gunshot to the gut and you end up liking your second husband even better.
  • The laws led to no increase in accidental deaths or suicide by gunshot.
  • He went into business with his four best friends, two of whom eventually died of gunshot wounds.
  • The computer is running the mobile version of a gunshot-location system.
  • It's armed with an acoustic gunshot detector of its own.
  • Mom heard the first gunshot but didn't know where it came from.
  • Our present system has surgeons removing moles on one floor while gunshot victims wait for emergency attention on another.
  • If you hear a gunshot, fear not-the birds aren't being hunted.
British Dictionary definitions for gunshot


  1. shot fired from a gun
  2. (as modifier): gunshot wounds
the range of a gun
the shooting of a gun
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Word Origin and History for gunshot

early 15c., "shot fired from a gun," from gun (n.) + shot (n.). Meaning "range of a gun or cannon" is from 1530s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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