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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.

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

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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. 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. Ronald Higgs:

    He stuck that shotgun right here under my chin with his finger on the trigger, i said if you're going to effing kill Ronald Higgs you better do it now or I'm going to take this away from you and beat you to death with it.

  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. Jon Rahm:

    To be honest, part of the format is not really appealing to me. Shotgun three days, to me, is not a golf tournament — no cut. It’s that simple. I want to play against the best in the world and a format that’s been going on for hundreds of years. That’s what I want to see.

  5. Border Patrol:

    An agent observed the individual fail to comply with the verbal commands and aim what was determined to be a 20-gauge shotgun at him, the agent discharged his service-issued M-4, striking the individual, who died at the scene.

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