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Princeton's WordNet

  1. shotgun, scattergunnoun

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


  1. shotgunnoun

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

  2. shotgunnoun

    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. shotgunnoun

    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. shotgunnoun

    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. shotgunverb

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

  6. shotgunverb

    To verbally lay claim to (something)

    I got a day off because I shotgunned it.

  7. shotgunverb

    To hit the ball directly back at the pitcher.

  8. shotgunverb

    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. shotgunadjective

    Of or relating to a shotgun.

    The ground was littered with shotgun shells.

  10. shotgunadjective

    Occurring as a result of the threat of force.

    a shotgun wedding

  11. shotgunadjective

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

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


  1. Shotgun

    Shotgun is a song by British singer-songwriter George Ezra. The song was written by Ezra, Fred Gibson and Joel Pott and produced by Cam Blackwood. It was released as a digital download on 18 May 2018, as the third single from Ezra's second studio album Staying at Tamara's. The song reached number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Ezra's first number-one song in the United Kingdom, and was certified quadruple platinum in the country. In addition, it topped the ARIA Singles Chart in Australia, also becoming Ezra's first number-one there, as well as the Irish Singles Chart and New Zealand Singles Chart.


  1. shotgun

    A shotgun is a type of firearm that is typically designed to be fired from the shoulder, which uses the energy of a fixed shell to discharge a number of small spherical pellets called shot, or a solid projectile called a slug. It is generally used for hunting purposes and for various sports such as shooting while trap shooting, skeet shooting, and sporting clays. Shotguns are also used for self-defense, military uses, and law enforcement. Their design can vary widely, from single-shot versions to semi-automatic or even fully automatic variants.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Shotgunnoun

    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

  3. uhtsong

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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. Abdul Aziz:

    I chased him, he sat in his car and with the shotgun in my hands, I threw it through his window like an arrow. He just swore at me and took off.

  2. Rex Whitmire Harbour:

    Also in the vehicle, investigators found approximately 3,000 rounds of.22 ammunition, 350 rounds of 9mm ammunition and 150 12-gauge shotgun shells.

  3. Mike Rounds:

    You can call any type of a series of different types of guns assault weapon, and suddenly then they become a demonized item, 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….

  4. Travis McMichael:

    He turns and is on me, he's on me in a flash. He grabs the shotgun, what were you thinking?

  5. Jan Agha:

    The pleasure of hunting is to be in open space. I like the mountain, desert, shotgun and being awake during the night to hunt, the pleasure of hunting is to be a success in it. A hunter's hope is hunting. Being a success in every job in the world has a special pleasure.

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