Definition of gunsight in US English:



  • A device on a gun that enables it to be aimed accurately.

    • ‘Racism, although it was a daily annoyance, was far less important to us than the fact that a well-trained enemy had the unit in his gunsights.’
    • ‘And in service to that agenda, they've even got cartoon characters in their gunsights.’
    • ‘Another type of ‘light’ that sells to defensive shooters is the laser gunsight.’
    • ‘His invention was accidentally created while trying to make a clear plastic for gunsights.’
    • ‘Everything from napalm components to green berets, from gunsights to whiskey, from radio relays to rocket warheads, were provisioned.’
    • ‘Hawkins is an inventor who has perfected a highly accurate gunsight for machine guns.’
    • ‘The cameras are now used in gunsights for the SA80 rifle and the Challenger II tank.’
    • ‘The gunner virtually always sees the target directly through the gunsight or other sighting devices.’
    • ‘Letting him wander alone and unarmed into the gunsights of a Senate Committee would've been like feeding a newborn kitten to sharks.’
    • ‘This prejudice trickles all the way down to the bottom feeders, like the two plump southerners selling the kind of gunsights that project red dots onto chests or foreheads of intended victims.’
    • ‘When you're focused on what you're doing, it's hard to get beyond the jumping gunsights to see the forest for the trees.’
    • ‘With that he took out of his pouch a special key which he inserted into the gunsight of my Galil rifle.’
    • ‘It has been postulated that the body's natural dump of adrenaline in a crisis state would prevent shooters from seeing the gunsights.’
    • ‘The other 50 squinted through gunsights and night goggles, seeing the night as black or green.’
    • ‘They know they are in globalization's gunsights.’
    • ‘It was boresighted with the main gun and gunsights so that it could be used to illuminate a target at night.’
    • ‘I have a lower ball turret automatic computing gunsight from a B17 bomber in very good condition.’
    • ‘It is, without a doubt, the sexiest of all optical gunsights.’
    • ‘He knew exactly how and where to aim his weapon, was an excellent judge of distance, and had long since taught himself to watch the front sight and squeeze the trigger when a living thing was in his gunsights.’
    • ‘But whether we avoid war for the moment or not, this military machine will keep fixing more targets around the globe in its gunsights.’