a weapon consisting of a metal tube, with mechanical attachments, from which projectiles are shot by the force of an explosive; a piece of ordnance.
any portable firearm, as a rifle, shotgun, or revolver.
a long-barreled cannon having a relatively flat trajectory.
any device for shooting something under pressure:
a paint gun; a staple gun.
Slang. a person whose profession is killing; professional killer:
a gangland gun.
British. a member of a shooting party.
(esp. in baseball) a player’s throwing arm.
guns, the biceps or triceps of the arms:
his big, muscular guns.
verb (used with object), gunned, gunning.
to shoot with a gun (often followed by down):
The guards gunned down the fleeing convict.
to cause (an engine, vehicle, aircraft, etc.) to increase in speed very quickly by increasing the supply of fuel.
verb (used without object), gunned, gunning.
to hunt with a gun.
to shoot with a gun.
to seek with intent to harm or kill.
to seek; try earnestly to obtain:
He is gunning for a raise.
give the gun, Slang. to put into motion or speed up:
We gave the motor the gun and drove off.
jump the gun, Slang.
to begin a race before the starting signal.
to begin prematurely; act too hastily.
spike someone’s guns, to frustrate or prevent someone from accomplishing a plan:
Our competitors planned a surprise reduction in their rates, but we discovered it and were able to spike their guns.
stick to one’s guns, to maintain one’s position in the face of opposition; stand firm:
They stuck to their guns and refused to submit.
Also, stand by one’s guns.
under the gun, under pressure, as to meet a deadline or solve a problem:
We’re all under the gun with these new sales quotas.
past participle of gin3 .
a trap or snare for game.
any of various machines employing simple tackle or windlass mechanisms for hoisting.
a stationary prime mover having a drive shaft rotated by horizontal beams pulled by horses walking in a circle.
verb (used with object), ginned, ginning.
to clear (cotton) of seeds with a gin.
to snare (game).
verb (used with or without object), gan, gun, ginning. Archaic.
Also called gin rummy. a variety of rummy for two players, in which a player with 10 or fewer points in unmatched cards can end the game by laying down the hand.
the winning of such a game by laying down a full set of matched cards, earning the winner a bonus of 20 or 25 points.
verb (used without object), ginned, ginning.
to win a game in gin by laying down a hand in which all 10 cards are included in sets.
a weapon with a metallic tube or barrel from which a missile is discharged, usually by force of an explosion. It may be portable or mounted. In a military context the term applies specifically to a flat-trajectory artillery piece
(as modifier): a gun barrel
the firing of a gun as a salute or signal, as in military ceremonial
a member of or a place in a shooting party or syndicate
any device used to project something under pressure: a grease gun, a spray gun
(US, slang) an armed criminal; gunman
(Austral & NZ, slang)
(as modifier): a gun shearer, a gun batsman
(slang) go great guns, to act or function with great speed, intensity, etc
jump the gun, beat the gun
(of a runner, etc) to set off before the starting signal is given
(informal) to act prematurely
spike someone’s guns, See spike1 (sense 15)
(informal) stick to one’s guns, to maintain one’s opinions or intentions in spite of opposition
verb guns, gunning, gunned
when tr, often foll by down. to shoot (someone) with a gun
(transitive) to press hard on the accelerator of (an engine): to gun the engine of a car
(intransitive) to hunt with a gun
an alcoholic drink obtained by distillation and rectification of the grain of malted barley, rye, or maize, flavoured with juniper berries
any of various grain spirits flavoured with other fruit or aromatic essences: sloe gin
an alcoholic drink made from any rectified spirit
a primitive engine in which a vertical shaft is turned by horses driving a horizontal beam or yoke in a circle
Also called cotton gin. a machine of this type used for separating seeds from raw cotton
a trap for catching small mammals, consisting of a noose of thin strong wire
a hand-operated hoist that consists of a drum winder turned by a crank
verb (transitive) gins, ginning, ginned
to free (cotton) of seeds with a gin
to trap or snare (game) with a gin
verb gins, ginning, gan, gun
an archaic word for begin
(Austral, offensive, slang) an Aboriginal woman
An armed criminal: They hired a gun to blast the competition (1859+)
An important person; big gun: He’s quite a gun around there now (1830+)
The throttle of a car, airplane, etc: Get your stupid foot off the gun (1900s+)
A hypodermic needle (1930s+ Narcotics)
long, heavy surfboard (1960s+ Surfers)
Throwing arm, esp a strong and accurate one (1929+ Baseball)
To shoot someone: Canales had no motive to gun Lou (1898+)
To speed up an engine or vehicle, esp abruptly; goose: He gunned the Rolls into the parking spot (1940s+)
big gun, burp gun, give it the gun, jump the gun, scattergun, six-shooter, smoking gun, son of a bitch, tommy gun, zip gun
(also gon) A professional thief, esp a pickpocket
[1858+; fr Yiddish gonif]
A street fight; rumble
To fight; scuffle
[1950s+ Black & street gang; origin unknown]
(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.”
a trap. (1.) Ps. 140:5, 141:9, Amos 3:5, the Hebrew word used, _mokesh_, means a noose or “snare,” as it is elsewhere rendered (Ps. 18:5; Prov. 13:14, etc.). (2.) Job 18:9, Isa. 8:14, Heb. pah, a plate or thin layer; and hence a net, a snare, trap, especially of a fowler (Ps. 69: 22, “Let their table before them become a net;” Amos 3:5, “Doth a bird fall into a net [pah] upon the ground where there is no trap-stick [mokesh] for her? doth the net [pah] spring up from the ground and take nothing at all?”, Gesenius.)
In addition to the idiom beginning with
noun 1. a person who operates a gun or cannon. 2. Army. an occupational title in the artillery. 3. Navy. a person skilled in handling ammunition and gunnery equipment. 4. Marine Corps. a warrant officer who may be given any one of a number of assignments. 5. British. Military. a private in the artillery. Informal. […]
noun, Zoology. 1. a growth of short hair lying beneath a longer growth; undercoat.
noun 1. a tool consisting of a solid head, usually of metal, set crosswise on a handle, used for beating metals, driving nails, etc. 2. any of various instruments or devices resembling this in form, action, or use, as a gavel, a mallet for playing the xylophone, or a lever that strikes the bell in […]
adjective 1. not open and aboveboard; secret and crafty or dishonorable: an underhand deal with the chief of police. 2. executed with the hand below the level of the shoulder and the palm turned upward and forward: an underhand delivery of a ball. adverb 3. with the hand below the level of the shoulder and […]