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gun

Definitions

  • Isn't Money Enough in the Whole Family to Wad a Gun 131
    Isn't Money Enough in the Whole Family to Wad a Gun 131
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v gun shoot with a gun
    • n gun the discharge of a firearm as signal or as a salute in military ceremonies "two runners started before the gun","a twenty gun salute"
    • n gun a pedal that controls the throttle valve "he stepped on the gas"
    • n gun large but transportable armament
    • n gun a hand-operated pump that resembles a revolver; forces grease into parts of a machine
    • n gun a weapon that discharges a missile at high velocity (especially from a metal tube or barrel)
    • n gun a professional killer who uses a gun
    • n gun a person who shoots a gun (as regards their ability)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Pulled a Long Blue Gun 220 Pulled a Long Blue Gun 220
He Tries the Butt of his Gun on It 041 He Tries the Butt of his Gun on It 041
Brought his Gun Down on the Man's Foot 065 Brought his Gun Down on the Man's Foot 065
Frontispiece MERCHANTMEN AT GUN PRACTICE Frontispiece MERCHANTMEN AT GUN PRACTICE
Laying the Lyle Gun Laying the Lyle Gun
"Seized an excellent position behind two Russian guns." "Seized an excellent position behind two Russian guns."
Angel, his new suit, and the Gun Angel, his new suit, and the Gun
Aiming rapid fire gun Aiming rapid fire gun

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a
    • Gun (Mil) A piece of heavy ordnance; in a restricted sense, a cannon.
    • Gun A weapon which throws or propels a missile to a distance; any firearm or instrument for throwing projectiles, consisting of a tube or barrel closed at one end, in which the projectile is placed, with an explosive charge (such as guncotton or gunpowder) behind, which is ignited by various means. Pistols, rifles, carbines, muskets, 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.""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."
    • Gun (Naut) Violent blasts of wind.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In North Andover, Massachusetts citizens are prohibitied from carrying 'space guns.'
    • n gun A military engine of the mangonel or catapult kind, used for throwing stones.
    • n gun A metallic tube or tubular barrel, with its stock or carriage and attachments, from which missiles are thrown, as by the explosive force of gunpowder or other explosive placed behind them at the closed end of the tube, and ignited through a small hole or vent; in general, any firearm except the pistol and the mortar. Guns are distinguished as cannons, muskets, rifles, carbines, fowling-pieces, etc. In military usage, however, only cannon in their various forms and sizes are called guns (collectively ordnance, and familiarly often great guns), the others being called small arms. In humorous use pistols also are often called guns. See cannon, 1.
    • n gun Specifically, a comparatively long cannon used for obtaining high velocities with low trajectories, as distinguished from a howitzer or a mortar.
    • n gun In hunting, one who carries a gun; a member of a shooting-party.
    • n gun A tall cylindrical jug in use in the north of England.
    • n gun In plate glass manufacturing, a device for fixing the breadth of the plate. It consists of two plates of cast metal, placed in front of the roller and bolted together by cross-bars at a distance apart which can be easily altered and adjusted according to the breadth of plate the apparatus is intended to control. Encyc. Brit., X. 662.
    • n gun Its principal peculiarities are the unbroken smoothness of its surface and the relation of its thickness at all points (determined by experiment) to the pressure in firing. Of all large smooth-bore guns, it is, not excepting the 15-inch Rodman gun, the most easily handled. The Dahlgren and Rodman 15-inch guns are equal as to accuracy and efficiency.
    • n gun A person of distinction or importance: more commonly called a big gun.
    • n gun A single-loading small-arm, caliber 0”.408, used in the Italian army.
    • n gun A magazine bolt-gun used in the Italian and Swiss armies.
    • gun To shoot with a gun; practise shooting, especially the smaller kinds of game.
    • gun Past participle of gin.
    • n gun A professional criminal; a thief; a pickpocket.
    • gun In forestry, to aim (a tree) in felling it. In the case of very large, brittle trees, such as the redwood, a sighting device, called a gunning-stick, is used.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the quiet town of Connorsville, Wisconsin, it's illegal for a man to shoot off a gun when his female partner has an orgasm.
    • n Gun gun a firearm or weapon, from which balls or other projectiles are discharged, usually by means of gunpowder—now generally applied to cannon: one who carries a gun, a member of a shooting-party
    • v.i Gun (Amer.) to shoot with a gun
    • adj Gun caused by the shot of a gun
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Quotations

  • Hermann Goering
    Hermann Goering
    “Guns will make us powerful; butter will only make us fat.”
  • Jean-Luc Godard
    Jean-Luc Godard
    “All you need for a movie is a gun and a girl.”
  • George Orwell
    George%20Orwell
    “We may find in the long run that tinned food is a deadlier weapon than the machine-gun.”
  • Mario Puzo
    Mario Puzo
    “A lawyer with his briefcase can steal more than a hundred men with guns.”
  • Martin Amis
    Martin Amis
    “Bullets cannot be recalled. They cannot be uninvented. But they can be taken out of the gun.”
  • R. Buckminster Fuller
    R.%20Buckminster%20Fuller
    “The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun.”

Idioms

Great guns - If something or someone is going great guns, they are doing very well.
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Jump the gun - If you jump the gun, you start doing something before the appropriate time.
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Smoking gun - A smoking gun is definitive proof of someone's guilt.
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Spike your guns - If you spike someone's guns, you ruin their plans.
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Stare down the barrel of a gun - If someone is staring down the barrel of a gun, there's a high risk of something very bad happening.
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Stick to your guns - If you stick to your guns, you keep your position even though people attack or criticise you.
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Under the gun - If you're under the gun, you're under pressure to do something.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. gonne, gunne,; of uncertain origin; cf. Ir., Gael., & LL. gunna, W. gum,; possibly (like cannon) fr. L. canna, reed, tube; or abbreviated fr. OF. mangonnel, E. mangonel, a machine for hurling stones

Usage

In literature:

Every twenty minutes a gun was dismounted in Fort Walker, and at the end of the conflict Fort Beauregard had but nine serviceable guns.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Machine guns are weapons of emergency.= Machine guns must be considered as weapons of emergency.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
All the Hindu guns and swords fell into British hands.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
The boat he sailed in mounted only two guns and had a crew of thirty-six.
"Famous Privateersmen and Adventurers of the Sea" by Charles H. L. Johnston
Goin' like a crazy steer they flew by on two wheels, lettin' ride with every gun they had.
"The Boy Ranchers on Roaring River" by Willard F. Baker
When our guns fired on their guns for every shell we handed to them they religiously gave us five back.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
The guns were manned by garrison artillerymen from the naval base at Cape Town.
"History of the War in South Africa 1899-1902 v. 1 (of 4)" by Frederick Maurice
Slipping a small gun into his waistband holster and pocketing the money he went out.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
Captain Tirrell rode from gun to gun.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
Sandy forced him back, leaned far down, tucked the barrel of the gun under the snake's body and hurled it looping into the gorge.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
I seen her takin' in your size an' spurs, an' thet gun you pack sort of comfortable like.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
Here the French carried a German redoubt, took a revolver gun and three machine guns, and made some prisoners.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)" by Various
Three guns were smashed to pieces, and the gun carriages were burned.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
Sir John French reported having taken so far over 3,000 prisoners, twenty-one guns, and forty machine guns.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume IV (of 8)"
By June 5, 1916, this number had increased to 480 officers, 25,000 men, twenty-seven guns and fifty machine guns.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 8)"
Great quantities of war material fell to the French, including 175 guns, 412 machine guns, and 119 trench mortars.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII)" by Various
As the Russians rushed the now silent gun, Dr. Bird stepped to the gun on the knoll.
"The Solar Magnet" by Sterner St. Paul Meek
We have news of the capture of another of the enemy's gun-boats, in Berwick Bay, Louisiana, with five guns.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
The guns and carriages were taken to the gun-park.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
Yes, he had tried a shot at King Phillip, there, but his gun had failed him.
"Boys' Book of Frontier Fighters" by Edwin L. Sabin
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In poetry:

I see by the morning papers
That America's sturdy sons
Have started a investigation
Of the making of guns.
"Another Bit And An Offer" by Ezra Pound
When reinforcements came at last,
Then woe betide the Huns,
From man to man the word was passed
"We must retake the guns."
"Langemark" by Abner Cosens
They say our country's close to war
And soon must man the guns;
But we see naught to struggle for -
We love the gentle Huns!
"Pacifist War Song - 1917" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
Mother! O, we bravely battled-
Battled till the day was done,
While the leaden hail storm rattled--
Man to man and gun to gun.
"Is That Mother" by Anonymous Americas
Then slowly on one upraised knee
He placed with care his loaded gun;
Ten aimed at Sapar-beg whom he
Had reared, and loved more than a son
"Gamzrdeli" by Akaki Tsereteli
"Be born! arise! o'er the earth and wild waves bounding,
Peoples and suns!
Let darkness vanish; tocsins be resounding,
And flash, ye guns!
"The Ocean's Song" by Victor Marie Hugo

In news:

The gun locks were obtained through a US Justice Grant called Project ChildSafe and are universal for use with most guns .
You do not solve a problem of too many guns in the wrong hands with a policy of guns at all times for everybody, everywhere.
Guns, Gun Control, and Gun Culture.
He had guns, but since there is tight gun control nobody else did, and his rampage went on, unabated.
Kansas is seeing a rise in gun sales as residents expect the new president to tighten gun control .
The truck is built on a Ford F-550 chassis, holds up to 10 officers, and has a revolving gun turret on the roof and gun portals in the sides.
Both scenarios gave a boost to firearms and gun accessory sales at Dwayne Ems' booth last weekend at the Capital City Gun Show in Jackson.
The leader of the nation's largest gun advocacy organization endorsed Nevada's incumbent senator running keep his seat at an Oct 12 rally at The Gun Store, the iconic Las Vegas sportsman equipment shop.
Police say a 10-year-old boy was playing with a gun when the gun discharged.
Gun control activists say the Colorado shootings should be a wake-up call, but Americans' views on guns aren't swayed by individual tragedies, polls show.
Gun Store Proposes Installing A Gun Range In Berlin.
It also is important to note that the power cable for a through-arm robotic GMAW gun needs to be installed in a slightly different manner than the cable for a conventional over-the-arm gun.
All your gun-shop prep may not matter if you haven't done enough gun-range prep to know precisely where your sporting arm will shoot under the conditions at hand.
Today's horror in Newtown has reignited, again, a national conversation about gun control and America's uniquely deadly culture of gun violence.
In the wake of the recent accidental shooting of a 5-year-old girl by her 8-year-old brother, I was interviewed by WREX-TV Channel 13 regarding gun locks and how to keep a gun secure in the home.
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In science:

The “gun” was invented by a group of researchers at MIT in the 1970’s (The Gosper Group).
Biologic
It is highly unlikely that a gun would appear spontaneously in the Life board.
Biologic
Nervertheless, the gun is a natural design based on forms and patterns that do appear spontaneously on small Life boards.
Biologic
This is the internal mechanism by which the glider gun produces the glider.
Biologic
The extra blocks at either end of the glider gun act to absorb the residues that are produced by the iterations.
Biologic
Thus the end blocks are catalysts that promote the action of the gun.
Biologic
Newly discovered particles need not conform to our preconceived expectations — the µ-π and c-τ puzzles are well-known cautionary tales. A doubling of the standard model spectrum is often thought to be the smoking gun signal of supersymmetry.
Supersymmetry and the Linear Collider
Typical smoking guns of WIMPs could be the annual modulation of the rate, the forward/backward asymmetry of the nuclear recoil or the nuclear target dependence of the rates .
Direct detection of WIMPs with conventional (non-cryogenic) detectors. Experimental review
I conclude that violation of discrete symmetries, such as C and P, may be the best "smoking gun" signature for new physics in hadronic interactions. Relatively straightforward experimental tests are possible, very few of which have been done.
Charge Conjugation and Parity Violations as a Signature for Black Hole Formation or Other New Physics in Hadron Collisions
Although all cosmic ray physicists yearn for an explanation of cosmic ray origins, it would be rash to assume that TeV astronomy has yet provided the smoking gun to solve this mystery.
TeV Gamma-ray Observations and the Origin of Cosmic Rays: I
It may be that the observations of our signal-poor, but resource-rich, cousins in TeV neutrino astronomy will be required to provide this smoking gun.
TeV Gamma-ray Observations and the Origin of Cosmic Rays: I
Ultra-high energy supersymmetric particles would be a “smo king gun ” for cosmic rays of top-down origin.
High-Energy Neutrino Astronomy: Opportunities For Particle Physics
In the absence of a ‘smoking gun’ for a compelling QGP claim, I share the view of the rapporteur here 11 that we still need more quantitative estimates of the theoretical uncertainties.
Summary of ICHEP 2004
It would be premature to consider the s-penguin decays to be a ‘smoking gun’ for new physics.
Summary of ICHEP 2004
If they are ever discovered, extra dimensions might provide such a ‘smoking gun’, but this remains to be seen.
Summary of ICHEP 2004
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