Definition of gunfire in English:



mass noun
  • The repeated firing of a gun or guns.

    ‘they'd been caught up in gunfire in Beirut’
    • ‘She said the deceased and herself were crossing the road when gunfire broke out suddenly as a car drove by.’
    • ‘The gunfire was the latest of a series of attacks amid an underworld war for contracted volumes of drugs.’
    • ‘Tens of thousands of people have flocked to the city, desperate to escape the mortar and gunfire.’
    • ‘For the next two hours the sound of gunfire and explosions rang out.’
    • ‘Gunmen have killed two American soldiers and injured four others in the latest wave of gunfire and explosions.’
    • ‘Two hundred workers were injured and several killed by police gunfire.’
    • ‘With numb feet, aching limbs and the crack of gunfire ringing in our ears, a few hundred metres more seemed like a long way.’
    • ‘It was not known if the governor was wounded by gunfire from the assailant or from shots fired afterward.’
    • ‘He woke suddenly to shouted commands, drumming horses' hoofbeats, gunfire and screaming.’
    • ‘His sidekick dies in a storm of gunfire while the don and his aide's wife are critically wounded.’
    • ‘Every few hours a patrol of armoured vehicles clanks down empty streets and there is an occasional crackle of gunfire.’
    • ‘The Palestinian hospital sources said the man had been killed by random gunfire.’
    • ‘We paddled on in tense silence, waiting for more gunfire or perhaps the twang of a banjo, but they were not interested in us.’
    • ‘Fires continue to belch smoke over the city and sporadic gunfire echoes through the flooded streets.’
    • ‘Sporadic gunfire could be heard and only pockets of resistance remained, according to the US.’
    • ‘A handful of poll centres were targets of mortar rounds and there were two reports of gunfire.’
    • ‘I could spot the enemy ships on the horizon, but only momentarily as they emerged from the screen of gunfire and smoke.’
    • ‘Evacuation attempts were disrupted by gunfire and armed looters ruled the streets.’
    • ‘As the trumpeter sounded the gallop, the mounted squadrons faced devastating volleys of gunfire.’
    • ‘Yesterday there were sporadic exchanges of gunfire and a tank firing shells in the city.’
    gunshots, shots, shooting, firing, sniping
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