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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.

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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.

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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.
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1. See spray gun.
2. A pressure cylinder for delivering freshly mixed concrete pneumatically.
3. Shotcrete material delivery equipment; also see shotcrete gun.
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(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.
Bedside Dream Dictionary by Silvana Amar Copyright © 2007 by Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
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Is it the case Birmingham - or West Midlands Police - already 'jumped the gun' on this topic without cause or legality?
She said: 'Someone's obviously made a mistake somewhere and jumped the gun.'
BOXING: Frank Warren admitted Scott Harrison'scamp may have jumped the gun ahead of the his world championship defence against Manuel Medina.
It is Sunderland who jumped the gun in offering the player a deal and inviting him to join up with their first team squad.
Both the union and Premier League have indicated that there has been significant progress, although the PFA clearly jumped the gun with their initial announcement.
We're not sure if the snafu was originated by Lyon College or if some blushing PR firm jumped the gun on reflagging (and -- oops -- misspelling) the future name of the building and Arkansas bank franchise.
The Parkhead boss warned the Dutchman to get his facts right, after Wotte took a swipe at him over comments about Scotland's lack of young t Lennon said: "Mark has jumped the gun. He needs to look at the quotes before he gets a little insecure and paranoid.
And Scottish Tory leader Annabel Goldie said: "It really is quite extraordinary that Wendy Alexander has jumped the gun in a sense."
They jumped the gun and walked out on Monday, without waiting forth votes from other plants
When Mili's leadership was shaky in 2011, I argued in this column that Labour shouldn't make its mind up on him until 2013, then jumped the gun in 2012 and declared Ed deserved to lead Labour into the 2015 election.
Burley claims MacFarlane had possibly "jumped the gun" and that at no time was the midfielder given permission to travel to Tannadice for a medical.