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gun,

in general, any weapon that discharges shot, shells, or bullets by the explosion of gunpowder or some other explosive from a straight tube. See firearmfirearm,
device consisting essentially of a straight tube to propel shot, shell, or bullets by the explosion of gunpowder. Although the Chinese discovered gunpowder as early as the 9th cent., they did not develop firearms until the mid-14th cent.
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; artilleryartillery,
originally meant any large weaponry (including such ancient engines of war as catapults and battering rams) or war material, but later applied only to heavy firearms as opposed to small arms.
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; small armssmall arms,
firearms designed primarily to be carried and fired by one person and, generally, held in the hands, as distinguished from heavy arms, or artillery. Early Small Arms

The first small arms came into general use at the end of the 14th cent.
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Gun

 

(in Russian, ruzh’e), a smoothbore hand firearm.

The gun appeared in the 14th to 15th centuries and was called variously a harquebus, couleuvrin, or, in Russian, pishchal’. After the invention of the matchlock in the 16th century, more sophisticated guns called muskets appeared and were adopted for the infantry. In the late 17th century smoothbore muzzle-loading flintlock guns became widespread in Russia and in the Western European countries. In the 19th century smoothbore firearms were replaced by guns with rifled bores. Smoothbore firearms continued to be used only as hunting guns.

What does it mean when you dream about a gun?

The gun is a symbol of aggression and protection. The dreamer may feel the need for protection from real or perceived danger. The gun can also symbolize aggressive male sexuality.

gun

[gən]
(ordnance)
A piece of ordnance, consisting essentially of a tube or barrel, for throwing projectiles by force, usually the force of an explosive but sometimes that of compressed gas, a spring, or so on.

gun

1. See spray gun.
2. A pressure cylinder for delivering freshly mixed concrete pneumatically.
3. Shotcrete material delivery equipment; also see shotcrete gun.

gun

(jargon)
(ITS, from the ":GUN" command) To forcibly terminate a program or job (computer, not career). "Some idiot left a background process running soaking up half the cycles, so I gunned it."

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Guns

(dreams)
The gun in your dream could represent several different things, so please pay attention to the details and to the mood of the dream. The gun could symbolize the male sex organ, aggression, harshness, and fear. This dream may have sexual connotations, or your unconscious mind may be telling you not to harbor your negative feelings but toexpress them more freely before they become explosive. On the more positive side of things, the gun could simply represent your need to protect yourself either emotionally or physically or both. If the gun in the dream is used to hurt or kill you or someone else, please consider your current difficulties, hostile feelings or serious arguments, which you may have within yourself or with others.
References in classic literature ?
I picked up the gun he had dropped; a queer piece from the old country, short and heavy, with a stag's head on the cock.
He had boasted of the things he was going to do with his gun out there.
There was the story of Doffue Martling, a large blue-bearded Dutchman, who had nearly taken a British frigate with an old iron nine-pounder from a mud breastwork, only that his gun burst at the sixth discharge.
So they mustered out a party of some six or seven, with guns and dogs, for the hunt.
Well, it was a good long job, but I was getting towards the end of it when I heard pap's gun in the woods.
They could never get the gun ashore, and if they did, they could never haul it through the woods.
At last I fell over the tail-end of a gun, and by that knew I was somewhere near the artillery lines where the cannon were stacked at night.
He landed on his head with his leg in the air, his gun being wedged between two paving-stones.
But, if I am forced to admit the Rouquayrol and Ruhmkorff apparatus, I must be allowed some reservations with regard to the gun I am to carry.
Then the sound came again, this time from the direction of Chertsey, a muffled thud--the sound of a gun.
From first to last no gun whatever was fired at the Vaterland, and only a few rifle shots.
A little behind them Nesvitski, who had been sent to the rearguard by the commander in chief, was sitting on the trail of a gun carriage.