Meaning of “gun” in the English Dictionary

"gun" in British English

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gunnoun [ C ]

uk /ɡʌn/ us /ɡʌn/

B1 a weapon that bullets or shells (= explosive containers) are fired from:

The British police do not carry guns.
You could hear the noise of guns firing in the distance.

in sport, a device that makes a very loud sudden noise as a signal to start a race:

At the gun, the runners sprinted away down the track.

a device that you hold in your hand and use for sending out a liquid or object:

a spray gun
See also
hired gun mainly US informal

a person who is paid to shoot and kill someone

More examples

  • She raised her gun, took aim and fired.
  • This man is desperate and should not be approached as he may have a gun.
  • His fingerprints were all over the gun.
  • They've only just met - isn't it jumping the gun to be talking about marriage already?
  • Suddenly the door burst open and police officers carrying guns rushed in.

gunverb [ T ]

uk /ɡʌn/ us /ɡʌn/ -nn- mainly US old-fashioned informal

(Definition of “gun” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"gun" in American English

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gunnoun [ C ]

us /ɡʌn/

gun noun [ C ] (WEAPON)

a weapon from which bullets or shells (= explosive containers) are fired through a metal tube

gunverb [ T ]

us /ɡʌn/ -nn-

gun verb [ T ] (OPERATE ENGINE)

to make an engine operate at high speed:

Tom gunned the engine and sped off into the night.

(Definition of “gun” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)