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gunshot

[guhn-shot] /ˈgʌnˌʃɒt/
noun
1.
the shooting of a gun:
We heard three gunshots.
2.
a bullet, projectile, or other shot fired from a gun.
3.
the range of a gun:
The bear was out of gunshot.
adjective
4.
made by a gunshot.
Origin of gunshot
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English; see gun1, shot1
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  • As nearly always happens with gunshot wounds, a suppurating fever had declared itself.

    The Trail-Hunter Gustave Aimard
  • Only once we heard a gunshot a great way off, and supposed them to be hunting.

    Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
  • I remember coming to myself for an instant, and it seemed that we were being jerked along at the rate of a gunshot.

    The Land of the Changing Sun William N. Harben
  • Even in 1684 Hontan said that the houses were not more than a gunshot apart at most.

    Excursions and Poems Henry David Thoreau
  • Pat on Jim's speculations about his father's stirring deeds, the gunshot came echoing through the silent barn.

    The Calico Cat Charles Miner Thompson
British Dictionary definitions for gunshot

gunshot

/ˈɡʌnˌʃɒt/
noun
1.
  1. shot fired from a gun
  2. (as modifier): gunshot wounds
2.
the range of a gun
3.
the shooting of a gun
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Word Origin and History for gunshot
n.

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

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