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Meaning of GUN

Pronunciation:  gun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the discharge of a gun as signal or as a salute in military ceremonies; "a twenty gun salute"
  2. [n]  a pedal that controls the throttle valve; "he stepped on the gas"
  3. [n]  large but transportable armament
  4. [n]  a hand-operated pump that resembles a gun; forces grease into parts of a machine
  5. [n]  a weapon that discharges a missile at high velocity (especially from a metal tube or barrel)
  6. [n]  a professional killer who uses a gun
  7. [n]  a person who shoots a gun (as regards their ability)
  8. [v]  shoot with a gun

GUN is a 3 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: accelerator, accelerator pedal, artillery, gas, gas pedal, grease-gun, gunman, gunslinger, heavy weapon, hired gun, hit man, ordnance, shooter, throttle, torpedo, triggerman
 See Also: ack-ack, ack-ack gun, action, action mechanism, aeroplane, air gun, airgun, airplane, antiaircraft, antiaircraft gun, arbalest, arbalist, arm, armament, auto, automobile, barrel, battery, breechloader, bricole, cannon, car, cartridge clip, cartridge ejector, cartridge extractor, cartridge holder, cartridge remover, catapult, clip, discharge, ejector, extractor, field artillery, field gun, firearm, firing, firing chamber, firing mechanism, firing off, flack, flak, foot lever, foot pedal, four-pounder, gas gun, gun barrel, gun chamber, gun down, gun muzzle, gun trigger, gunlock, gunsight, gunstock, liquidator, machine, machine gun, magazine, manslayer, minute gun, motorcar, murderer, muzzle, onager, pedal, piece, plane, pom-pom, pump, Quaker gun, safety catch, safety lock, set gun, shoot, shot, small-arm, spring gun, stock, treadle, trebuchet, trebucket, trigger, weapon, weapon system, whaling gun



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Gun\, n. [OE. gonne, gunne; of uncertain origin; cf. Ir.,
    {Gael}.) A LL. gunna, W. gum; possibly (like cannon) fr. L.
    canna reed, tube; or abbreviated fr. OF. mangonnel, E.
    mangonel, a machine for hurling stones.]
    1. A weapon which throws or propels a missile to a distance;
       any firearm or instrument for throwing projectiles by the
       explosion of gunpowder, consisting of a tube or barrel
       closed at one end, in which the projectile is placed, with
       an explosive charge behind, which is ignited by various
       means. Muskets, rifles, carbines, and fowling pieces are
       smaller guns, for hand use, and are called {small arms}.
       Larger guns are called {cannon}, {ordnance},
       {fieldpieces}, {carronades}, {howitzers}, etc. See these
       terms in the Vocabulary.
             As swift as a pellet out of a gunne When fire is in
             the powder runne.                     --Chaucer.
             The word gun was in use in England for an engine to
             cast a thing from a man long before there was any
             gunpowder found out.                  --Selden.
    2. (Mil.) A piece of heavy ordnance; in a restricted sense, a
    3. pl. (Naut.) Violent blasts of wind.
    Note: Guns are classified, according to their construction or
          manner of loading as {rifled} or {smoothbore},
          {breech-loading} or {muzzle-loading}, {cast} or
          {built-up guns}; or according to their use, as {field},
          {mountain}, {prairie}, {seacoast}, and {siege guns}.
    {Armstrong gun}, a wrought iron breech-loading cannon named
       after its English inventor, Sir William Armstrong.
    {Great gun}, a piece of heavy ordnance; hence (Fig.), a
       person superior in any way.
    {Gun barrel}, the barrel or tube of a gun.
    {Gun carriage}, the carriage on which a gun is mounted or
    {Gun cotton} (Chem.), a general name for a series of
       explosive nitric ethers of cellulose, obtained by steeping
       cotton in nitric and sulphuric acids. Although there are
       formed substances containing nitric acid radicals, yet the
       results exactly resemble ordinary cotton in appearance. It
       burns without ash, with explosion if confined, but quietly
       and harmlessly if free and open, and in small quantity.
       Specifically, the lower nitrates of cellulose which are
       insoluble in ether and alcohol in distinction from the
       highest (pyroxylin) which is soluble. See {Pyroxylin}, and
       cf. {Xyloidin}. The gun cottons are used for blasting and
       somewhat in gunnery: for making celluloid when compounded
       with camphor; and the soluble variety (pyroxylin) for
       making collodion. See {Celluloid}, and {Collodion}. Gun
       cotton is frequenty but improperly called nitrocellulose.
       It is not a nitro compound, but an ethereal salt of nitric
    {Gun deck}. See under {Deck}.
    {Gun fire}, the time at which the morning or the evening gun
       is fired.
    {Gun metal}, a bronze, ordinarily composed of nine parts of
       copper and one of tin, used for cannon, etc. The name is
       also given to certain strong mixtures of cast iron.
    {Gun port} (Naut.), an opening in a ship through which a
       cannon's muzzle is run out for firing.
    {Gun tackle} (Naut.), the blocks and pulleys affixed to the
       side of a ship, by which a gun carriage is run to and from
       the gun port.
    {Gun tackle purchase} (Naut.), a tackle composed of two
       single blocks and a fall. --Totten.
    {Krupp gun}, a wrought steel breech-loading cannon, named
       after its German inventor, Herr Krupp.
    {Machine gun}, a breech-loading gun or a group of such guns,
       mounted on a carriage or other holder, and having a
       reservoir containing cartridges which are loaded into the
       gun or guns and fired in rapid succession, sometimes in
       volleys, by machinery operated by turning a crank. Several
       hundred shots can be fired in a minute with accurate aim.
       The {Gatling gun}, {Gardner gun}, {Hotchkiss gun}, and
       {Nordenfelt gun}, named for their inventors, and the
       French {mitrailleuse}, are machine guns.
    {To blow great guns} (Naut.), to blow a gale. See {Gun}, n.,
  2. \Gun\, v. i.
    To practice fowling or hunting small game; -- chiefly in
    participial form; as, to go gunning.
Computing Dictionary

(its, from the ":GUN" command) To forcibly terminate a program or job (computer, not career). "Some idiot left a background process running soaking up half the cycles, so I gunned it."

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Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a gun in your dream , symbolizes aggression, anger, and potential danger. You may be dealing with issues of passiveness/aggressiveness and authority/dependence. Alternatively, a gun can represent the penis and male sexual drive. Thus the gun may mean power and impotence. Dreaming that you are loading a gun, forewarns that you should be careful in not letting your temper get out of control. Dreaming that you shoot someone with a gun indicates your aggressive feelings and hidden anger toward that particular person. Dreaming that someone is shooting you with a gun, suggests that you are experiencing some confrontation in your waking life. You may feel victimized in some situation.
Thesaurus Terms
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