• WordNet 3.6
    • n gunshot the act of shooting a gun "the gunfire endangered innocent bystanders","they retreated in the face of withering enemy fire"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gunshot Act of firing a gun; a shot.
    • a Gunshot Made by the shot of a gun: as. a gunshot wound.
    • Gunshot The distance to which shot can be thrown from a gun, so as to be effective; the reach or range of a gun. "Those who are come over to the royal party are supposed to be out of gunshot ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gunshot Collectively, projectiles for cannon; solid shot.
    • n gunshot The reach or range of a gun; the distance to which shot can be thrown from a cannon so as to be effective; military, the length of the pointblank range of a cannon-shot.
    • n gunshot In heraldry, a roundel sable.
    • n gunshot The firing of a cannon.
    • gunshot Made by the shot of a gun: as, a gunshot wound.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Gunshot the distance to which shot can be thrown from a gun
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  • John F. Kennedy
    “You never know what's hit you. A gunshot is the perfect way.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “The best armor is to keep out of gunshot.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. gonne, from W. gwn, a bowl, a gun, acc. to Skeat.


In literature:

The dog of Can Mallorqui, aroused by the gunshots, was barking dismally.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Juno leaped as from a gunshot, and dashed away up the river to the northwest.
"Winning the Wilderness" by Margaret Hill McCarter
There's somethin' movin' among the grass within gunshot.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
Where the island lay, the river had widened out into a fair sized lake and the nearest shore was out of gunshot.
"The Boy Chums in the Forest" by Wilmer M. Ely
Have you an extensive experience in dealing with gunshot wounds?
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
A serious gunshot wound, means death.
"In the Tail of the Peacock" by Isabel Savory
Nobody wants to linger on a road as straight as a gunshot.
"Highways and Byways in Surrey" by Eric Parker
They were far out of gunshot.
"The Backwoodsmen" by Charles G. D. Roberts
He had been taught that an animal should not bleed to death through a gunshot wound.
"The Boy Settlers" by Noah Brooks
That gunshot was no accident, Mr. Blaine.
"The Crevice" by William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander

In poetry:

Dawn's like a gunshot in the dark.
A bang-and flying burning bits
Of wadding go out, spark by spark.
Let life be just as fresh as this.
"Fiat" by Boris Pasternak
The pretty ladies'-maids were pinning of cockades,
And tying on of sashes;
And dropping gentle tears, while their lovers bluster'd fierce,
About gunshot and gashes;
"The Legend Of St. Sophia Of Kioff" by William Makepeace Thackeray

In news:

Autopsy shows Graysville man died of gunshot wound.
Sullivan County Homicide Victim Died of Gunshot Wound.
Farmer's autopsy reveals gunshot wound.
The 15-year-old was taken on Monday to a British hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to the head.
Bowhunter's SOS gunshots backfire in wrong part of deer season.
11 months ago, the small town of Waterloo was turned upside down when a deputy marshal on patrol was felled by a surprise gunshot to the face.
An unknown person fired multiple gunshots into several cars parked outside the La Rosa Bakery just before 9 pm Thursday.
Police say a 5-year-old boy is in the hospital with at least one gunshot wound.
Funeral services have been scheduled for a West Virginia woman found dead of a gunshot wound along with her two children after a Lewis County barn fire.
Knox County police found 35-year-old Anthony Goldsmith in his home Friday night with a gunshot wound.
Near the intersection of Eighth and Ellsworth streets, Zabel was found dead from a single gunshot wound to the neck.
Man Fired Gunshot Into Step Children's Bedroom , Police Say.
Several people who live just west of Western Ave, in the 400 blk of Walnut and Huron Streets said they heard gunshots ring out around 11 or 12 Wednesday night.
Pamula Mullins, 50, of Berkeley was found suffering from a gunshot wound on the sidewalk in the 1500 block of Derby Street at 11:36 p.m.
A man has been fatally shot by police and two officers have minor gunshot wounds after a shootout behind a Binghamton hotel.

In science:

Akimov GA, Odinak MM, Zhivolupov SA, et al., The mechanisms of the injuries to the nerve trunk in gunshot wounds of the extremities: Experimental research. Voen Med Zh 80: 34, 1993. 38.
Scientific Evidence for Hydrostatic Shock
SSW82] Saxon M, Snyder HA, Washington HA, Atypical Brown-Sequard syndrome following gunshot wound to the face. J Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 1982;40:299-302.
The Ballistic Pressure Wave Theory of Handgun Bullet Incapacitation
Similarly, Pervin and Chen (2009) performed tests at strain rates of 0.01, 0.1, 1000, 2000, 3000/s, where the mechanical properties determined at high strain rates (1000 – 3000/s) are associated with blast loading incidents, such as penetrating gunshot injuries to the head and open skull blast brain injuries.
Mechanical Characterization of Brain Tissue in Compression at Dynamic Strain Rates
Krajsa, J., 2009. Příčiny vzniku perikapilárních hemoragií v mozku při střelných poraněních (In English: Causes of pericapillar brain hemorrhages caused by gunshot wounds.) Ph.D. Thesis, Institute of Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic.
Working toward exposure thresholds for blast-induced traumatic brain injury: thoracic and acceleration mechanisms