What does shotgun mean?

Definitions for shotgun
ˈʃɒtˌgʌnshot·gun

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shotgun, scattergun(noun)

    firearm that is a double-barreled smoothbore shoulder weapon for firing shot at short ranges

Wiktionary

  1. shotgun(Noun)

    A gun which fires loads consisting of small metal balls, called shot, from a cartridge.

    Etymology: From . Front passenger seat sense comes from ride shotgun.

  2. shotgun(Noun)

    The front passenger seat in a vehicle, next to the driver; so called because the position of the shotgun-armed guard on a horse-drawn stage-coach, wagon train, or gold transport was next to the driver on a forward-mounted bench seat.

    I call shotgun! (I claim the right to sit in the passenger seat.)

    Etymology: From . Front passenger seat sense comes from ride shotgun.

  3. shotgun(Noun)

    A one-story dwelling with no hallways or corridors, with the rooms arranged in a straight line. Mostly heard in the southern United States.

    Elvis Presley was born in a two-bedroom shotgun in Tupelo, Mississippi.

    Etymology: From . Front passenger seat sense comes from ride shotgun.

  4. shotgun(Noun)

    A play formation in which the quarterback is a few feet behind the snapper when the ball is hiked, ideally allowing for an easier pass play.

    Etymology: From . Front passenger seat sense comes from ride shotgun.

  5. shotgun(Verb)

    To inhale from a pipe or other smoking device, followed shortly by an exhalation into someone else's mouth.

    Etymology: From . Front passenger seat sense comes from ride shotgun.

  6. shotgun(Verb)

    To verbally lay claim to (something)

    I got a day off because I shotgunned it.

    Etymology: From . Front passenger seat sense comes from ride shotgun.

  7. shotgun(Verb)

    To hit the ball directly back at the pitcher.

    Etymology: From . Front passenger seat sense comes from ride shotgun.

  8. shotgun(Verb)

    To rapidly drink a beverage from a can by making a hole in the bottom of the can, placing the hole above one's mouth, and opening the top.

    Etymology: From . Front passenger seat sense comes from ride shotgun.

  9. shotgun(Adjective)

    Of or relating to a shotgun.

    The ground was littered with shotgun shells.

    Etymology: From . Front passenger seat sense comes from ride shotgun.

  10. shotgun(Adjective)

    Occurring as a result of the threat of force.

    a shotgun wedding

    Etymology: From . Front passenger seat sense comes from ride shotgun.

  11. shotgun(Adjective)

    Utilizing numerous or highly diverse means to achieve a particular result.

    Etymology: From . Front passenger seat sense comes from ride shotgun.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shotgun(noun)

    a light, smooth-bored gun, often double-barreled, especially designed for firing small shot at short range, and killing small game

Freebase

  1. Shotgun

    A shotgun is a firearm that is usually designed to be fired from the shoulder, which uses the energy of a fixed shell to fire a number of small spherical pellets called shot, or a solid projectile called a slug. Shotguns come in a wide variety of sizes, ranging from 5.5 mm bore up to 5 cm bore, and in a range of firearm operating mechanisms, including breech loading, single-barreled, double or combination gun, pump-action, bolt-, and lever-action, semi-automatic, and even fully automatic variants. A shotgun is generally a smoothbore firearm, which means that the inside of the barrel is not rifled. Preceding smoothbore firearms, such as the musket, were widely used by armies in the 18th century. The direct ancestor to the shotgun, the blunderbuss, was also used in a similar variety of roles from self defence to riot control. It was often used by cavalry troops due to its generally shorter length and ease of use, as well as by coachmen for its substantial power. However, in the 19th century, these weapons were largely replaced on the battlefield with breechloading rifled firearms, which were more accurate over longer ranges. The military value of shotguns was rediscovered in the First World War, when American forces used 12-gauge pump action shotguns in close-quarters trench fighting to great effect. Since then, it has been used in a variety of roles in civilian, law enforcement, and military applications.

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  1. gunshot

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of shotgun in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of shotgun in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of shotgun in a Sentence

  1. John Cornyn:

    I don't think we know exactly what happened, other than some 17-year-old boy that nobody predicted would have done something like this took his father's shotgun and pistol and murdered these poor, poor kids. So, I'm not sure we know what legislation we need to pass, although obviously we need to work hard and find ways to stop things like that from happening.

  2. Mike Rounds:

    And then suddenly it sounds like we've done something. The reality is there's a whole lot of different types of weapons that can be utilized whether you're talking about a handgun, or you're talking about a shotgun, or you're talking about a rifle….

  3. John Venable:

    The munition with knives has been around since at least the Vietnam War.The military term for the warhead is flechettes, which are dart-like submunitions that are released and spread out in flight as an anti-personnel device, munitions have had a variety of warheads since before the Civil War, where they used everything from classic exploding cannonballs, todumbbell-shaped projectiles and grapeshot, which was basically shotgun-shell BBs (only much larger) that used mass and velocity as the engagement mechanism.

  4. Joe Gamaldi:

    They de-escalated and retreated for 15 minutes -- 15 minutes ! They used every non-lethal option available. Multiple bean bag shotgun rounds until they ran out. They used multiple Tasers all while giving verbal commands to Mr. Chavez to give up peacefully that he did not adhere to.

  5. Steve Pedery:

    You may have visitors go to the refuge for bird-watching and instead hear shotgun blasts, which I'm not sure is appropriate in suburban Portland.

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