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English noun: gun

1. gun (artifact) a weapon that discharges a missile at high velocity (especially from a metal tube or barrel)

Broader (hypernym)arm, weapon, weapon system

Narrower (hyponym)ack-ack, ack-ack gun, air gun, air rifle, airgun, antiaircraft, antiaircraft gun, breechloader, cannon, cannon, firearm, flack, flak, gas gun, minute gun, piece, pom-pom, Quaker gun, set gun, small-arm, spring gun, whaling gun

Part holonymaction, action mechanism, barrel, cartridge clip, cartridge ejector, cartridge extractor, cartridge holder, cartridge remover, clip, ejector, extractor, firing chamber, firing mechanism, gun barrel, gun chamber, gun muzzle, gun trigger, gun-sight, gunlock, gunsight, gunstock, magazine, muzzle, safety catch, safety lock, stock, trigger

2. gun (artifact) large but transportable armament

Synonymsartillery, heavy weapon, ordnance

Broader (hypernym)armament

Narrower (hyponym)cannon, field artillery, field gun, four-pounder

Part holonymgunstock, stock

Part meronymbattery

3. gun (person) a person who shoots a gun (as regards their ability)


Broader (hypernym)shooter, shot

4. gun (person) a professional killer who uses a gun

Synonymsgun for hire, gunman, gunslinger, hired gun, hit man, hitman, shooter, torpedo, triggerman

Broader (hypernym)liquidator, manslayer, murderer

5. gun (artifact) a hand-operated pump that resembles a revolver; forces grease into parts of a machine


Broader (hypernym)pump

6. gun (artifact) a pedal that controls the throttle valve

SamplesHe stepped on the gas.

Synonymsaccelerator, accelerator pedal, gas, gas pedal, throttle

Broader (hypernym)foot lever, foot pedal, pedal, treadle

Part meronymaeroplane, airplane, auto, automobile, car, machine, motorcar, plane

7. gun (act) the discharge of a firearm as signal or as a salute in military ceremonies

SamplesTwo runners started before the gun.
A twenty gun salute.

Broader (hypernym)discharge, firing, firing off

Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

English verb: gun

1. gun (competition) shoot with a gun

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)blast, shoot

Narrower (hyponym)machine gun

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