AskDefine | Define gunfire

Dictionary Definition

gunfire n : the act of shooting a gun; "the gunfire endangered innocent bystanders"; "they retreated in the face of withering enemy fire" [syn: gunshot]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. the report, or loud sound that shooting a gun creates
    • Let's hide in the trees to avoid the gunfire.
  2. In the context of "mainly|military": the use of gunpowder-type weapons, mainly cannon, as opposed to swords or bayonets
    • Sergeant, direct your gunfire toward that copse of trees.

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Extensive Definition

Gunfire is the action of shooting a firearm.
Gunfire may also refer to:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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