AskDefine | Define gunshot

Dictionary Definition

gunshot n : the act of shooting a gun; "the gunfire endangered innocent bystanders"; "they retreated in the face of withering enemy fire" [syn: gunfire]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. The act of discharging a firearm
  2. The sound made by a discharging firearm

Extensive Definition

Gunshot is also a British hip hop group.
A gunshot is the discharge of a firearm, and the sound effect thereof; the term can also refer to a wound caused by such a discharge.

Gunshot sound

A typical rifle gunshot is very loud — in the region of 140 to 170 decibels while the threshold for pain is 130 db. This can be lowered to around 115 db through the use of a suppressor and subsonic ammunition.

Gunshot as distress signal

Some doctrines of survival training allow for the use of three gunshots with an interval of one or two seconds as a distress signal. .


gunshot in Bulgarian: Изстрел
gunshot in Lithuanian: Šūvis
gunshot in Russian: Выстрел

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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