- (context, Military) A cannon with relatively long barrel, operating with relatively low angle of fire, and having a high muzzle velocity. JP 1-02.
- (context, Military) A cannon with tube length 30 calibers or more. See also: howitzer; mortar. JP 1-02.
- A very portable, short weapon, for hand use; a bullet or projectile-firing weapon; a handgun.
- A less portable, long weapon; a bullet or projectile firing weapon; a rifle, either manual, automatic or semi-automatic, or a shotgun (or, historically, a musket or other firearm now obsolete).
- This is my rifle, this is my gun. One is for fighting, one is for fun. (U.S. military cadence, used to make recruits memorize that the only correct term for a soldier's firearm is 'rifle', not some 'gun'.)
- Any weapon that launches a projectile from a tube, even if it is not a firearm, e.g., potato gun, air-pressure pellet gun.
- Any device or tool that projects a payload in a superficially similar fashion to a firearm, e.g., nail gun, squirt gun, spray gun, grease gun.
- A device or tool shaped like a pistol and operated in similar fashion by pulling a trigger with the index finger, e.g., rivet gun, price gun, screw gun.
- (context, surfing) A long surfboard designed for surfing big waves (not the same as a longboard, a gun has a pointed nose and is generally a little narrower).
- 2000: by the winter of 1962, the Brewer Surfboards Hawaii was the most in-demand big-wave equipment on the North Shore. — Drew Kampion at surfline.com http://www.surfline.com/surfaz/surfaz.cfm?id=766
- (context, colloquial, usually plural) biceps.
verb (gun, n, ing)
- Dutch: vuurwapen , geweer
- Italian: fucile
- Spanish: arma de fuego
- French: fusil
- (italbrac, with "down") To shoot someone or something, usually with a firearm.
Translations: Etymology: Lady Gunilda which was a huge crossbow that used powerful shot. It later became used for firearms like cannons and muskets. The (Ger.) woman"s name "Gundahild" and similarly means "war-sword".
- He gunned down the hitmen.
- The CEO gunned down that idea before we could present it to the board.
- To speed something up.
- He gunned the engine up.
- To offer vigorous support to a person or cause.
- He"s gunning for you.
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