gunfire vs gunshot what difference

what is difference between gunfire and gunshot

English

Etymology

From gun +‎ fire.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɡʌnfʌɪə/

Noun

gunfire (usually uncountable, plural gunfires)

  1. Shots from a gun or guns, typically creating loud report.
    Let’s hide in the trees to avoid the gunfire.
    Sergeant, direct your gunfire toward that copse of trees.
  2. (chiefly military) The use of gunpowder-type weapons, mainly cannon, as opposed to swords or bayonets.
    Killing people became much easier and faster once armies started using gunfire.
  3. (military) The time of firing of the morning gun or the evening gun.
  4. (army slang) Tea, a cup of tea, especially one served early in the morning before first parade.
    • 1937, David Jones, In Parenthesis, I:
      They had only in them the rolled mattresses, the neatly piled bed-boards and the empty tea-buckets of the orderly-men, empied of their last gun-fire.

Related terms

  • gunnery
  • gunpowder
  • gunshot
  • gunshy or gun-shy

Translations

Anagrams

  • ungrief


English

Etymology

gun +‎ shot

Noun

gunshot (plural gunshots)

  1. The act of discharging a firearm.
  2. The sound made by a discharging firearm.
  3. The distance to which shot can be thrown from a gun; the reach or range of a gun.
    • The Hind and the Panther, John Dryden
      For those, who are come over to the royal party, are consequently supposed to be out of gunshot.
  4. A bullet, projectile, or other shot fired from a gun.

Translations

Anagrams

  • hognuts, hotguns, hutongs, noughts, shot-gun, shotgun, unghost

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