air gun

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n air gun a gun that propels a projectile by compressed air
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • air gun gŭn` A kind of gun in which the elastic force of condensed air is used to discharge the ball. The air is powerfully compressed into a reservoir attached to the gun, by a condensing pump, and is controlled by a valve actuated by the trigger. The common BB gun is a type of air gun.
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Usage

In literature:

At nightfall they return singing yet more loudly, and accompanied by men and boys firing guns into the air and shouting.
"Out-of-Doors in the Holy Land" by Henry Van Dyke
Muzzles of compressed air guns projected from the wing-tips of the planes.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
He had the first air-gun in town and a shot-gun at fifteen.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
A thirty-thirty bullet from the ground knocked the gun into the air and tore every knuckle from Karg's hand.
"Whispering Smith" by Frank H. Spearman
The sky was not yet alive with the whir of seaplanes, and the air remained undisturbed by the shattering roar of guns and shells.
"Submarine Warfare of To-day" by Charles W. Domville-Fife
After a time, he turned himself half around in order to face Trixy, and rested his right elbow on the ground, with the gun up in the air.
"The Heart of Thunder Mountain" by Edfrid A. Bingham
And how can it make the slightest difference that you two shoot off your guns in the air?
"The Lonely Way--Intermezzo--Countess Mizzie" by Arthur Schnitzler
Above, in the airless space, they learned to operate the guns that were controlled from within the air-tight rooms.
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
Bosche machines are always up in the air, taking bearings for the guns.
"How I Filmed the War" by Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
The unmistakable explosion of gun-cotton split the air, and its echoes rolled and reverberated through the jungle.
"The Fifth-Dimension Tube" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
From these observations were constructed the barometer, the siphon, the air-gun, and the air-pump.
"Émile" by Jean Jacques Rousseau
In this were half a dozen air-guns.
"Astounding Stories, April, 1931" by Various
He stood like a statue, his gun balanced in the air, a thin, evil smile on his lips, and Denver gave way to his fury.
"Silver and Gold" by Dane Coolidge
He saw a battery of anti-aircraft guns in operation; the guns were firing; shells were bursting in little plumes of smoke high in the air.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930" by Various
They were off the mark, but they furnished data for other guns which began filling the air.
"Aces Up" by Covington Clarke
A black chunk of the gun cradle hurtled backward through the air with a vicious swish.
""And they thought we wouldn't fight"" by Floyd Gibbons
We fired guns in the air to honor him.
"Grenfell: Knight-Errant of the North" by Fullerton Waldo
But those were not the days of the great guns that can send huge balls six or seven miles through the air.
"Stories of Our Naval Heroes" by Various
The Me's went into their act, guns blazing away, punching holes into the air.
"A Yankee Flier in Italy" by Rutherford G. Montgomery
No, not while he had slugs for his aerial machine guns and shells for his air cannon.
"Dave Dawson at Casablanca" by Robert Sydney Bowen
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In poetry:

Above, the autumn sky was blue,
Far round the golden world was fair,
And, gun by gun, the ramparts blew
A battle on the air.
"The Young Man's Song" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
Have you been catching fish, Tom Noddy?
Have you snared a weeping hare?
Have you whistled "No Nunny" and gunned a poor bunny,
Or blinded a bird of the air?
"Tit for Tat" by Walter de la Mare
The thunder of the guns, the scream of shells
Now seem to rend the placid evening air:
Yet as the night is lit by many a flare
The thrush his love in one wild lyric tells.
"April Evening: France, 1916" by John William Streets
Below, beyond, above her,
Their iron web is spun:
Flicked but unsnared we hover,
Edged planes against the sun:
Eyes in the air above his lair,
The hawks that guide the gun!
"Eyes In The Air" by Gilbert Frankau
Air dhuinn bhi cuairteachadh na'n cuan
Chaidil e suain, na thruim sheamh fann,
S thug iad an claidheamh a chrios
S ghearr iad gun fhios d'dheth an ceann,
S thug iad an, &c.
"Seann Oran Gailic" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
Ged thigeadh am fear mor na m dhail
Gun iochd gun bhaigh le a chlaidheamh cruaidh,
Air do ghuidh-se a bhean bhlath.
S coingeis leam a ghradh seach fhuath.
Air do ghuidh-se, &c.
"Seann Oran Gailic" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell

In news:

Crosstalk Home Show Information Air Date: November 19, 2012 Host: Jim Schneider Guest: Larry Pratt Listen: MP3 Order Larry Pratt is Executive Director of Gun Owners of America.
City ordinance Sec 19-164 prohibits the firing or discharge of any gun, pistol, rifle or other firearm – including air rifles and BB guns – within city limits.
Dad and his babygirl cleaning guns back at Wright-Patt Air Force base.
Try this air gun with a small diameter for hard-to-reach areas.
What's the smallest air gun I can use.
From GuardAir, the air gun that has the smallest diameter for getting into hard-to-reach areas is the Blind Hole air gun.
The outspokenly gun-loving, liberal-hating singer is getting set to produce three two-hour radio shows that are slated to air in the weeks before Election Day.
Argument leads to Waynesboro man firing gun in the air .
' Jackass ' Star Tries to Clear the Air After Tweeting Photo of Himself Holding Gun to Head of Puppy EW.
The only guns that Japanese citizens can legally buy and use are shotguns and air rifles, and it's not easy to do.
The Secret Service was less than thrilled, but how do you keep POTUS from playing with a big air-powered PVC gun at the White House Science Fair.
A Newfield man — who is also a convicted felon, according to his charges — was arrested after pointing a gun at migrant workers that work at a farm where he is a mechanic, then firing into the air, police reported.
A school on Tucson's south side was ordered locked down this afternoon as authorities looked for men who were allegedly firing a gun into the air from a vehicle.
Roberts was air lifted to Munson Hospital where she is being treated for the gun shot wound.
Using a home-built flash camera along with an air gun that shoots marbles and pellets, his photographs show what the naked eye can't see.
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In science:

Of course there is a tiny probability of this, but we would guess that the chances of the appearance of the glider gun by random selection or evolution from a random state is similar to the probability of all the air in the room collecting in one corner.
Biologic
Electron sources Three types of sources are used in air-fluorescence experiments: electron beams from accelerators in large facilities, radioactive sources, and low-energy electron guns in laboratories.
Air Fluorescence Relevant for Cosmic-Ray Detection - Summary of the 5th Fluorescence Workshop, El Escorial 2007
Low-energy electron guns Air-fluorescence emission induced by low-energy electrons (E < 0.1 MeV) is of great interest.
Air Fluorescence Relevant for Cosmic-Ray Detection - Summary of the 5th Fluorescence Workshop, El Escorial 2007
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