gun Definition

  • 1a weapon consisting of a metal tube, with mechanical attachments, from which projectiles are shot by the force of an explosive
  • 2a device for projecting something under pressure, such as paint or oil

Using gun: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "gun" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He pointed the gun at the target and pulled the trigger.

  • Example

    The police officer drew his gun and aimed it at the suspect.

  • Example

    The hunters carried their guns into the woods.

  • Example

    The painter used a spray gun to apply the paint to the wall.

gun Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with gun

  • stick to one's guns

    to maintain one's position or opinion despite opposition or criticism


    Despite the criticism, he stuck to his guns and refused to change his mind.

  • to act prematurely or hastily, especially without all relevant information


    I think we should wait for more data before making a decision. Let's not jump the gun.

  • under pressure or in a difficult situation


    We're under the gun to finish this project by the end of the week.


Summary: gun in Brief

A 'gun' [ɡʌn] is a weapon that uses an explosive force to shoot projectiles from a metal tube. It can also refer to a device that projects something under pressure, like paint. Phrases like 'stick to one's guns' and 'jump the gun' use the term metaphorically to mean maintaining one's position or acting prematurely, respectively.

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