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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


  1. shotgun(Noun)

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

  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.)

  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.

  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.

  5. shotgun(Verb)

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

  6. shotgun(Verb)

    To verbally lay claim to (something)

    I got a day off because I shotgunned it.

  7. shotgun(Verb)

    To hit the ball directly back at the pitcher.

  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.

  9. shotgun(Adjective)

    Of or relating to a shotgun.

    The ground was littered with shotgun shells.

  10. shotgun(Adjective)

    Occurring as a result of the threat of force.

    a shotgun wedding

  11. shotgun(Adjective)

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

  12. Origin: 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


  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

  2. noughts

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  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. Sadie Baze:

    One of the shotgun shells was for my daughter.

  2. One Calgary energy lawyer:

    This is a total overreaction – killing a mouse with a shotgun.

  3. Bobby Thompson:

    You caught me with a shotgun, I can see it all now in the back of my mind.

  4. Steve King:

    Donald Trump has Donald Trump golf clubs and Ted Cruz has Ted Cruz shotgun.

  5. John Busby:

    A vehicle pulled up alongside me as if it was going to pass and opened up with a shotgun.

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