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  Dictionary Definition of gun

gun
noun
1. a metallic tube, with its stock or carriage and attachments, from which heavy missiles are thrown by the force of an explosive; a piece of ordnance.
2. any portable firearm, as a rifle, revolver, etc.
3. a long-barrelled cannon, having a flat trajectory.
4. any similar device for projecting something: an airgun, cement gun.
5. a member of a shooting party.
6. Colloquial a champion, especially in shearing.
7. Colloquial a large surfboat for riding big waves.
-- verb ( gunned, gunning )
-- verb (i)
8. to hunt with a gun.
9. to shoot with a gun.
-- verb (t)
10. to feed fuel to (an engine), suddenly and quickly resulting in a sudden increase in speed: to gun an engine.
-- adjective
11. Colloquial of or relating to one who is expert, especially in shearing: a gun shearer.
-- phrase
12. beat the gun ; jump the gun, a. in a race, to begin before the starting gun has fired. b. to begin prematurely; be overeager.
13. carry big guns ; carry guns ; hold big guns ; hold guns, to be in a powerful or strong position.
14. have the guns for, to have the ability to do something.
15. go great guns, Colloquial (sometimes followed by at ) to be successful.
16. gun down, to shoot with a gun.
17. gun for, Colloquial to seek (a person) with the intention to harm or kill.
18. stick to one's guns, to maintain one's position in an argument, etc., against opposition.
[ME gunne, gonne, apparently short for Gunilda (L), gonnyld (ME), name for engine of war, from Scandinavian; cf. Icel. Gunna, short for Gunnhildr, woman's name]