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Gun appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Blue glue gun, green glue gun.

Gun appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • Now snug as a wasp in one film a rat sold 'em, Antonio Banderos, necrotic illicit or censored, 'n’ a boi not named, lost a ram life no nip saw as a gun’s won.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun gun:


Gun is sometimes a misspelling of gum.

The word gun is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun gun

What does gun mean as a name of something?

Gun is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: guns

  1. a weapon that discharges a missile at high velocity (especially from a metal tube or barrel)
  2. large but transportable armament
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of gun: artillery / heavy weapon / ordnance
    • more generic word: armament = weaponry used by military or naval force
    • more specific terms:
      • cannon = a large artillery gun that is usually on wheels
      • field artillery / field gun = movable artillery (other than antiaircraft) used by armies in the field
      • four-pounder = an artillery gun that throws a shot weighing four pounds
    • part of: battery = a collection of related things intended for use together
    • part: gunstock / stock = the handle of a handgun or the butt end of a rifle or shotgun or part of the support of a machine gun or artillery gun
  3. a person who shoots a gun (as regards their ability)
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonym of gun: gunman
    • more generic words: shooter / shot = a person who shoots
  4. a professional killer who uses a gun
  5. a hand-operated pump that resembles a pistol; forces grease into parts of a machine
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of gun: grease gun
    • more generic word: pump = a mechanical device that moves fluid or gas by pressure or suction
  6. a pedal that controls the throttle valve
  7. the discharge of a firearm as signal or as a salute in military ceremonies

Alternative definition of the noun gun


  1. [military] A cannon with relatively long barrel, operating with relatively low angle of fire, and having a high muzzle velocity. JP 1-02.
  2. [military] A cannon with a 6-inch/155mm minimum nominal bore diameter and tube length 30 calibers or more. See also: howitzer; mortar. JP 1-02.
  3. A very portable, short arm, for hand use; a bullet or projectile-firing ; handgun, revolver, pistol, Derringer, zipgun, so forth.
  4. A less portable, long arm; bullet or projectile firing; rifle, either manual, automatic or semi-automatic; a musket or shotgun.
  5. Any implement designed to fire a projectile from a tube, even if it is not a firearm, e.g., air-pressure pellet gun, air rifle, BB gun; or, a home-made firearm such as a potato gun.
  6. Any device or tool that projects a substance in a superficially similar fashion to a firearm, e.g., nail gun, squirt gun, spray gun, grease gun.
  7. 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, screw gun, price-label gun.
  8. [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).
  9. [context: cellular automata] A pattern that "fires" out other patterns.
  10. [colloquial, usually plural] Biceps.

Definition of the verb gun

What does gun mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: gunned, gunning

  1. shoot with a gun
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • more generic words: blast / shoot = fire a shot
    • more specific term: machine gun = shoot with a machine gun


"Gun" is a Revisionist Western-themed video game developed by Neversoft and published by Activision for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Microsoft Windows and Xbox 360. The game was released in North America on November 17, 2005, and during mid to late-November in Europe. Since October 13, 2006, the game has been available to buy on Steam. The PlayStation Portable version, released on October 10, 2006, under the title, Gun: Showdown, features new side-missions, a multiplayer mode, and other additions that were not available in the console versions.

  • also known as 枪
  • mode: Single-player video game, Multiplayer video game
  • developers: Neversoft, Rebellion Developments, Beenox
  • genres: Action game, Western, Action-adventure game, Third-person Shooter, Stealth game, Role-playing video game, Shooter game, Adventure game, Racing video game
  • publishers: Activision, Activision Blizzard
  • released on (9 years ago)


  1. "Gun": Angel gets out of prison, only to get involved in the gun-running ring of his old friend, Rich.
  2. Gun is an American television anthology series which aired on ABC on Saturday night from April 12, to May 31, 1997 at 10:00 p.m Eastern time. The series lasted six episodes, each directed by a well-known director, before being cancelled. Each episode involves a pearl-handled .45 semi-automatic pistol as an important part of the plot. The characters in each episode are completely different and unrelated to those who appear in other episodes. The series was produced by Robert Altman and attracted numerous recognizable stars including Fred Ward, Kathy Baker, Carrie Fisher, Daryl Hannah, Randy Quaid, and Martin Sheen, as well as James Gandolfini in his first television appearance. The theme song was a cover of The Beatles' "Happiness Is a Warm Gun", performed by U2.
  3. "Gun" is a 2011 Kannada film in the action genre starring Harish Raj and Mallika Kapoor in the lead roles. Nikitha also plays an important role. The film has been directed and written by Harish Raj and is jointly produced by K. Murali under Nishanth Constructions. Ronnie Raphel has composed the music. Kalyan and Kaviraj have written the lyrics for the songs. The film was released on 25 Februaruy 2011.
  4. "GUN" is a 2013 drama short film written and directed by Spencer Gillis.


  1. "Gun" is a song by Chvrches.
  2. "Gun" is a musical album of The Gun.
    • released in (47 years ago)
  3. "Gun" is a song written and performed by Gigolo Aunts. It was released as a single in March 1993 on Fire Records and appears on the Gigolo Aunts' album, Flippin' Out. The white label promo single has a different track listing than that released for commercial consumption, replacing the "Take Me On" B-side with "Sled". Both of those songs appear on the CD single version.
  4. "Gun" is a 2013 single by Chvrches.
    • released on
  5. "Gun" is a composition.
  6. "Gun" is a 2013 EP by Serebro.
    • released on
  7. "Gun" is a composition.
  8. "Gun" is a musical single of Etana & Lutan Fyah.
    • released in (7 years ago)
  9. "GUN" is a musical album of Kiran Leonard.
    • released on (7 years ago)


  1. Gun was a figure in Chinese mythology, sometimes noted as the father of Yu the Great, the founder of the Xia dynasty. Gun was appointed to the task of controlling the Great Flood by Emperor Yao on the advice of the Four Mountains. Gun used dikes to try to stop the flooding but the dikes collapsed, killing many people.
    • also known as 鲧
  2. Gun a.k.a. Napat Injaiuea is a musical artist, tv actor, featured artist, theater actor.
  3. GUN a.k.a. Iwata Takanori is a member of the musical group Sandaime J Soul Brothers.
  4. Gun a.k.a. Robert Don is an actor.

There are other people with in their name, like Top Gun, two-gun, Yoo Gun, Alpa Gun, Gun Fors, Gun Lund, Alice Gun, Chang Gun, Frank Gun and many others.


  1. Gun are a hard rock band from Glasgow, Scotland. They are best known for the song "Better Days" as well as their cover of Cameo's "Word Up!".
  2. Gun a.k.a. The Gun was a late 1960s British rock guitar trio who had a single British Top Ten hit, "Race with the Devil" and recorded two albums before disbanding. Two of its founders, brothers Paul Gurvitz and Adrian Gurvitz, later took the name Three Man Army recording 3 albums. After joining up with Ginger Baker as Baker Gurvitz Army the trio recorded three albums, Baker Gurvitz Army, Elysian Encounter & Hearts On Fire. During the same time the Gurvitz brothers recorded 2 albums with drummer Graeme Edge of The Moody Blues - Kick Off Your Muddy Boots and Paradise Ballroom - under the name The Graeme Edge Band. This was not a touring band. It also featured Ginger Baker.

There are other groups with in their name, like Pop gun, Run&Gun, Glue Gun, Goon Gun, Gun Club, Gun Lake, Stun Gun, Mamas Gun, Ninja Gun, Gun barrel, gun-barrel, Mama's Gun, Mutton Gun, Dead By Gun, Eat the Gun, Machine gun, machine-gun, Run and gun, Run-and-Gun.


Gun is an undistinguished hill at the southern end of the Peak District. The hill is mainly moorland with some small wooded areas. Gun is often overlooked by walkers who prefer the neighbouring peaks of The Roaches, Hen Cloud and Ramshaw rocks. However it still features typical moorland scenery and some pleasant hill walking. The hill overlooks the town of Leek in the Staffordshire Moorlands which is an ideal base for visiting the Peak District National Park. The hill often features in the itinerary of the Tour of Britain cycle race.


Gun is a drinking establishment.


  1. Gun: A gun is a normally tubular weapon or other device designed to discharge projectiles or other material. The projectile may be solid, liquid, gas or energy and may be free, as with bullets and artillery shells, or captive as with Taser probes and whaling harpoons. The means of projection varies according to design but is usually effected by the action of gas pressure, either produced through the rapid combustion of a propellant or compressed and stored by mechanical means, operating on the projectile inside an open-ended tube in the fashion of a piston. The confined gas accelerates the movable projectile down the length of the tube imparting sufficient velocity to sustain the projectile's travel once the action of the gas ceases at the end of the tube or muzzle. Alternatively, acceleration via electromagnetic field generation may be employed in which case the tube may be dispensed with and a guide rail substituted.
  2. Gun: The Chinese word gun refers to a long Chinese staff weapon used in Chinese martial arts. It is known as one of the four major weapons, along with the qiang, dao, and the jian, called in this group "The Grandfather of all Weapons".
  3. Gun: In a cellular automaton, a gun is a pattern with a main part that repeats periodically, like an oscillator, and that also periodically emits spaceships. There are then two periods that may be considered: the period of the spaceship output, and the period of the gun itself, which is necessarily a multiple of the spaceship output's period. A gun whose period is larger than the period of the output is a pseudoperiod gun.
  4. Gun a.k.a. Guaraní, Mbyá Language: Mbyá Guaraní is a Tupi–Guaraní language spoken 16,050 Brazilians, 3,000 Argentines, and 8,000 Paraguayans. It is 75% lexically similar to Paraguayan Guaraní.
    • also known as Eastern Argentina Guarani; Mbua; Bugre; Guaraní, Mbyá; Mbyá; Mbiá; Eastern Argentina Guaraní; Mbyá Guaraní language
  5. Gun a.k.a. Gun Language is an human language.
  6. Gun or Gunn is an old name formed from gunnr and is cognate with the Old English word "gúð". Gunnr is one of the valkyries. The equivalent male name is Gunnar.

Phrases with Gun

Phrases starting with the word Gun:

  1. Gun It
  2. gun dog
  3. gun for
  4. Gun-Shy
  5. gun case

Phrases ending with the word Gun:

  1. bb gun
  2. to gun
  3. air gun
  4. big gun
  5. Cap-Gun
  6. gas gun
  7. Pop gun
  8. Ray Gun
  9. set gun
  10. six-gun
  11. Top Gun
  12. zip gun
  13. bren gun
  14. burp gun
  15. Glue Gun

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Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Gun

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Google previewThe Christian Century (1921)

A gun is a weapon used by the strong while they exploit and rob the weak. Guns were...

Google previewThe Canadian Magazine (1900)

The best Boer field gun is a 14 pr., and is known as the Schneider-Creusot, Schneider being the name of the inventor of...

Google previewThe Whole Law Relative to the Duty and Office of a Justice of the Peace (1794)

Comprising Also the Authority of Parish Officers by Thomas Walter Williams

A gun is an engine, not for killing the game, but for the defence of a man's house. ... Now, though it is said a gun is a proper engine, and generally used for this purpose, and that the bare keeping of it alone is a crime, yet if the statute should be ...

Google previewHe Was Some Kind of a Man (2011)

Masculinities in the B Western by Roderick McGillis

The gun is a substitute for something missing. In Freudian...

Google previewRevolution in the Head (2007)

The Beatles' Records and the Sixties by Ian MacDonald

The darkest song on The Beatles, Harrmnss Is A 'WARM Gun is a conflation of three or four separate ii-agments, the formal originality of ...

Google previewKorea - A Religious History (2013)

by James H. Grayson

Tan' gun is the offspring of the son of the Lord of Heaven and a Bear Woman. Other figures are born from eggs and arrive in the tribal area by sea or from the heavens. Bright lights, strange vapours, and acclamation by animals usually ...

Google previewThe Gun Book for Girls (2013)

by Silvio Calabi, Steve Helsley, Roger Sanger

A gun is a great “equalizer.” More than half of American women who own guns bought ...

Google previewBig Gun Monitors (2008)

by Ian Buxton

The aftermost gun is a 12pdr 18cwt as also fitted in the large monitors, but the HA gun is a 6pdr Hotchkiss on a makeshift mounting. The davit abaft the 9.2in was used to hoist ammunition from the magazine hatches in the deck to the working ...

Google previewThe Assiniboine (2000)

by Edwin Thompson Denig, John Napoleon Brinton Hewitt, University of Regina. Canadian Plains Research Center

4<> The gun is a useful though not an indispensable implement.

Google previewHappiness Is a Smokin' Gun (2011)

by Ian Crowley

Happiness Is a Smokin' Gun is a practical guide for everyday life. We all want more happiness, but often go about getting it in the wrong way. The first half of the book is about tackling our current states of thought.

Google previewGun Violence (2008)

by Holly Cefrey

A gun is a projectile instrument. A projectile is something that is capable of being thrust forward. Bullets and pellets that are fired from guns are projectiles. A bow and arrow is also a projectile instrument. A gun is a weapon. When you pick up a ...

Google previewAbuse: An Encyclopedia of Causes, Consequences, and Treatments (2015)

by Rosemarie Skaine

The 1968 Gun Control Act concentrates on commerce prohibiting mail-order sales of weapons, and requires anyone in the business of selling guns to be federally licensed and keep permanent sales records. A gun cannot be knowingly sold to ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Interpersonal Violence (2008)

by Claire M. Renzetti, Jeffrey L. Edleson

Gun violence has become an epidemic in the United States and concerns about reducing gun violence have created a number of policy choices at the state and federal level. Federal authorities have encouraged local governments to create ...

Google previewAmerican Political Culture: An Encyclopedia [3 volumes] (2015)

An Encyclopedia by Mark J. Rozell, Ted G. Jelen

Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. http://www Accessed May 19, 2014. Burbick, Joan. 2006. Gun Show Nation: Gun Culture and American Democracy. New York: New Press. Cook, Philip J., and Jens Ludwig.

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Quotes about Gun

Every Communist must grasp the truth, 'Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.' Our principle is that the Communist Party commands the gun and the gun will never be allowed to command the Party. (Mao Zedong)
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Scrabble value of G2U1N1

The value of this 3-letter word is 4 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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