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Questions about a tubular weapon or other device designed to discharge projectiles or other material.



noun: gun; plural noun: guns

  1. a weapon incorporating a metal tube from which bullets, shells, or other missiles are propelled by explosive force, typically making a characteristic loud, sharp noise.

    synonyms: firearm, pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, carbine, automatic, handgun, semiautomatic, machine gun, Uzi; More

    weapon; informal piece, gat, heater "the illegal trafficking of drugs and guns"

    • a device for discharging something (e.g., insecticide, grease, or electrons) in a required direction.

    • a starting pistol used in track and field events.

    • the firing of a piece of artillery as a salute or signal. "the boom of the one o'clock gun echoed across the river"

  2. informal muscular arms; well-developed biceps muscles. "it's encouraging to note that Schwarzenegger wasn't born with massive guns"


verb: gun; 3rd person present: guns; past tense: gunned; past participle: gunned; gerund or present participle: gunning

  1. shoot someone with a gun. "they were gunned down by masked snipers"
  2. informal: cause (an engine) to race. "as Neil gunned the engine, the boat jumped forward"