Gun



noun
1.
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.
2.
any portable firearm, as a rifle, shotgun, or revolver.
3.
a long-barreled cannon having a relatively flat trajectory.
4.
any device for shooting something under pressure:
a paint gun; a staple gun.
5.
Slang. a person whose profession is killing; professional killer:
a gangland gun.
6.
British. a member of a shooting party.
7.
electron gun.
8.
Slang.

(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.
9.
to shoot with a gun (often followed by down):
The guards gunned down the fleeing convict.
10.
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.
11.
to hunt with a gun.
12.
to shoot with a gun.
Verb phrases
13.
gun for,

to seek with intent to harm or kill.
to seek; try earnestly to obtain:
He is gunning for a raise.

Idioms
14.
give the gun, Slang. to put into motion or speed up:
We gave the motor the gun and drove off.
15.
jump the gun, Slang.

to begin a race before the starting signal.
to begin prematurely; act too hastily.

16.
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.
17.
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.
18.
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.
verb
1.
past participle of gin3 .
noun
1.
cotton gin.
2.
a trap or snare for game.
3.
any of various machines employing simple tackle or windlass mechanisms for hoisting.
4.
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.
5.
to clear (cotton) of seeds with a gin.
6.
to snare (game).
verb (used with or without object), gan, gun, ginning. Archaic.
1.
to begin.
noun
1.
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.
2.
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.
3.
to win a game in gin by laying down a hand in which all 10 cards are included in sets.
1.
gunnery.
noun
1.

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

2.
the firing of a gun as a salute or signal, as in military ceremonial
3.
a member of or a place in a shooting party or syndicate
4.
any device used to project something under pressure: a grease gun, a spray gun
5.
(US, slang) an armed criminal; gunman
6.
(Austral & NZ, slang)

an expert
(as modifier): a gun shearer, a gun batsman

7.
(slang) go great guns, to act or function with great speed, intensity, etc
8.
jump the gun, beat the gun

(of a runner, etc) to set off before the starting signal is given
(informal) to act prematurely

9.
spike someone’s guns, See spike1 (sense 15)
10.
(informal) stick to one’s guns, to maintain one’s opinions or intentions in spite of opposition
verb guns, gunning, gunned
11.
when tr, often foll by down. to shoot (someone) with a gun
12.
(transitive) to press hard on the accelerator of (an engine): to gun the engine of a car
13.
(intransitive) to hunt with a gun
noun
1.
an alcoholic drink obtained by distillation and rectification of the grain of malted barley, rye, or maize, flavoured with juniper berries
2.
any of various grain spirits flavoured with other fruit or aromatic essences: sloe gin
3.
an alcoholic drink made from any rectified spirit
noun
1.
a primitive engine in which a vertical shaft is turned by horses driving a horizontal beam or yoke in a circle
2.
Also called cotton gin. a machine of this type used for separating seeds from raw cotton
3.
a trap for catching small mammals, consisting of a noose of thin strong wire
4.
a hand-operated hoist that consists of a drum winder turned by a crank
verb (transitive) gins, ginning, ginned
5.
to free (cotton) of seeds with a gin
6.
to trap or snare (game) with a gin
verb gins, ginning, gan, gun
1.
an archaic word for begin
conjunction
1.
(Scot) if
noun
1.
(Austral, offensive, slang) an Aboriginal woman
gun 1

noun

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)

verb

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+)

Related Terms

big gun, burp gun, give it the gun, jump the gun, scattergun, six-shooter, smoking gun, son of a bitch, tommy gun, zip gun
gun 2

noun

(also gon) A professional thief, esp a pickpocket

[1858+; fr Yiddish gonif]
gin

noun

A street fight; rumble

verb

To fight; scuffle

Related Terms

bathtub gin

[1950s+ Black & street gang; origin unknown]

jargon
(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.”
Compare can.
(1995-02-27)
GIN
Greenland-Iceland-Norway

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
gun

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