shotgun
I. noun Date: 1776 1. a smoothbore shoulder weapon for firing shot at short ranges 2. an offensive football formation in which the quarterback plays a few yards behind the line of scrimmage and the other backs are scattered as flankers or slotbacks • shotgun transitive verbshotgunner noun II. adjective Date: 1892 1. of, relating to, or using a shotgun 2. involving coercion 3. covering a wide field with hit-or-miss effectiveness

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  • shotgun — [shät′gun΄] n. 1. a smoothbore gun, usually used for firing a charge of shot at short range, as in hunting small game 2. Football an offensive formation, esp. for passing, in which the quarterback takes the snap while standing several yards… …   English World dictionary

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  • Shotgun — Shot gun , n. A light, smooth bored gun, often double barreled, especially designed for firing small shot at short range, and killing small game. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • shotgun — ► NOUN ▪ a smooth bore gun for firing small shot at short range …   English terms dictionary

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  • shotgun — /shot gun /, n., adj., v., shotgunned, shotgunning. n. 1. a smoothbore gun for firing small shot to kill birds and small quadrupeds, though often used with buckshot to kill larger animals. 2. Football. an offensive formation, designed primarily… …   Universalium

  • shotgun — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ 12 bore (BrE), 12 gauge (AmE), double barrelled/double barreled, pump (AmE), pump action, sawed off (AmE), sawn off (BrE) ▪ The men were armed with saw …   Collocations dictionary

  • shotgun — 1. noun a) A gun which fires loads consisting of small metal balls, called shot, from a cartridge. I call shotgun! (I claim the right to sit in the passenger seat.) b) The front passenger seat in a vehicle, next to the driver; so called because… …   Wiktionary

  • Shotgun — Der Begriff Shotgun (von engl. shotgun = Schrotflinte) bezeichnet: eine Flinte eine molekularbiologische Methode zur Entschlüsselung von Genomen, siehe Shotgun Sequencing einen Haustyp, der vor allem im Süden der USA verbreitet ist, siehe Shotgun …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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