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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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(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.


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.


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


(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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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.
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The bank is in the same neighbourhood where Mohamed Merah, the suspected gunman in the March attacks, was shot and killed by police.
Police launched an investigation into both incidents and consider that robberies could be conducted by the same gunman.
Policemen clashed with the attackers, killing one of them, while two passing civilians, including a woman, and a gunman were wounded," he added.
Williams and the gunman targeted the Time Centre shop on September 30, 2003, Stafford crown court heard.
Mark Herveys, an employee of one of the 56 companies in the building, said the gunman grabbed him as he came into the door, stuck a gun in his chest and told him to stand with other hostages.
The head of Resorts World security office, Armeen Gomez, told members of three House panels leading the Resorts World inquiry that initial reports indicated there were more than one gunman.
Scheufer said the gunman, who was holed up in a top-floor flat, had several hunting weapons but did not establish direct contact with the police.
The University had announced that the gunman had killed himself, saying in a statement: "Police are confirming that the shooter is dead by a self inflicted gunshot.
That was a woman who was in the parking lot when the shots were fired and described the gunman as a light-skinned Hispanic and 5-foot-3 to 5-foot-5.
Oct 27: A gunman kills four tourists at a luxury Cairo hotel.
Tomas Apolinario said they were able to track down the person of interest through the official receipt and car registration of the vehicle that the unidentified gunman used to go to the resort.
Baghdad, Apr 28, (VOI) - Security forces killed a gunman, arrested 52 wanted and suspected gunmen and defused 6 bombs in Baghdad under Fardh al-Qanoon plan in the past 24 hours, the official spokesman for the plan said.