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Gulleting (?), n. (Engin.) A system of excavating by means of gullets or channels.
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Gullible (?), a. Easily gulled; that may be duped. -- Gullibiiity (#), n. Burke.
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Gullish (?), a. Foolish; stupid. [Obs.]

Gullishness, n. [Obs.]
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Gully (?), n.; pl. Gulles (#). [Etymol. uncertain] A large knife. [Scot.] Sir W. Scott.
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Gully, n.; pl. Gullies (#). [Formerly gullet.] 1. A channel or hollow worn in the earth by a current of water; a short deep portion of a torrent's bed when dry.
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2. A grooved iron rail or tram plate. [Eng.]
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Coloq. Gully gut , a glutton. [Obs.] Chapman. -- Coloq. Gully hole , the opening through which gutters discharge surface water.
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Gully, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gullied (#); p. pr. & vb. n. Gullying.] To wear into a gully or into gullies.
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Gully, v. i. To flow noisily. [Obs.] Johnson.
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Gulosity (?), n. [L. gulositas, fr. gulosus gluttonous. See .] Excessive appetite; greediness; voracity. [R.] Sir T. Browne.
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Gulp (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gulped (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Gulping.] [D. gulpen, cf. OD. golpe gulf.] To swallow eagerly, or in large draughts; to swallow up; to take down at one swallow.
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He does not swallow, but he gulps it down. Cowper.
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The old man . . . glibly gulped down the whole narrative. Fielding.
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Coloq. To gulp up , to throw up from the stomach; to disgorge.
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Gulp, n. 1. The act of taking a large mouthful; a swallow, or as much as is awallowed at once.
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2. A disgorging. [Colloq.]
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Gulph (?), n. [Obs.] See .
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Gult (?), n. Guilt. See . [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Gulty (?), a. Guilty. [Obs.] Chaucer.
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Guly (?), a. Of or pertaining to gules; red. “Those fatal guly dragons.” Milton.
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Gum (?), n. [OE. gome, AS. gama palate; akin Co G. gaumen, OHG. goumo, guomo, Icel. g�mr, Sw. gom; cf. Gr. � to gape.] The dense tissues which invest the teeth, and cover the adjacent parts of the jaws.
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Coloq. Gum rash (Med.), strophulus in a teething child; red gum. -- Coloq. Gum stick , a smooth hard substance for children to bite upon while teething.
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Gum, v. t. To deepen and enlarge the spaces between the teeth of (a worn saw). See .
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Gum, n. [OE. gomme, gumme, F. gomme, L. gummi and commis, fr. Gr. �, prob. from an Egyptian form kam�; cf. It. .] 1. A vegetable secretion of many trees or plants that hardens when it exudes, but is soluble in water; as, gum arabic; gum tragacanth; the gum of the cherry tree. Also, with less propriety, exudations that are not soluble in water; as, gum copal and gum sandarac, which are really resins.
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2. (Bot.) See , .
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3. A hive made of a section of a hollow gum tree; hence, any roughly made hive; also, a vessel or bin made of a hollow log. [Southern U. S.]
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4. A rubber overshoe. [Local, U. S.]
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Coloq. Black gum , Coloq. Blue gum , Coloq. British gum , etc. See under , , etc. -- Coloq. Gum Acaroidea , the resinous gum of the Australian grass tree (Xanlhorrhœa). -- Coloq. Gum animal (Zoöl.), the galago of West Africa; -- so called because it feeds on gums. See . -- Coloq. Gum animi or animé . See . -- Coloq. Gum arabic , a gum yielded mostly by several species of Acacia (chiefly A. vera and A. Arabica) growing in Africa and Southern Asia; -- called also gum acacia. East Indian gum arabic comes from a tree of the Orange family which bears the elephant apple. -- Coloq. Gum butea , a gum yielded by the Indian plants Butea frondosa and B. superba, and used locally in tanning and in precipitating indigo. -- Coloq. Gum cistus , a plant of the genus Cistus (Cistus ladaniferus), a species of rock rose. -- Coloq. Gum dragon . See . -- Coloq. Gum elastic , Coloq. Elastic gum . See . -- Coloq. Gum elemi . See . -- Coloq. Gum juniper . See . -- Coloq. Gum kino . See under . -- Coloq. Gum lac . See . -- Coloq. Gum Ladanum , a fragrant gum yielded by several Oriental species of Cistus or rock rose. -- Coloq. Gum passages , sap receptacles extending through the parenchyma of certain plants (Amygdalaceæ, Cactaceæ, etc.), and affording passage for gum. -- Coloq. Gum pot , a varnish maker's utensil for melting gum and mixing other ingredients. -- Coloq. Gum resin , the milky juice of a plant solidified by exposure to air; one of certain inspissated saps, mixtures of, or having properties of, gum and resin; a resin containing more or less mucilaginous and gummy matter. -- Coloq. Gum sandarac . See . -- Coloq. Gum Senegal , a gum similar to gum arabic, yielded by trees (Acacia Verek and A. Adansoniä) growing in the Senegal country, West Africa. -- Coloq. Gum tragacanth . See . -- Coloq. Gum water , a solution of gum, esp. of gum arabic, in water. -- Coloq. Gum wood , the wood of any gum tree, esp. the wood of the Eucalyptus piperita, of New South Wales.
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Gum, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gummed (gŭmd); p. pr. & vb. n. Gumming.] 1. To smear with gum; to close with gum; to unite or stiffen by gum or a gumlike substance; to make sticky with a gumlike substance.
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He frets like a gummed velvet. Shak.
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2. To chew with the gums, rather than with the teeth.
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Coloq. gum up (a) To block or clog (a conduit) with or as if with gum; as, to gum up the drainpipe. (b) to interfere with; to spoil. [Slang]
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Gum, v. i. To exude or form gum; to become gummy.
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gumball (gŭmb�l), n. A piece of chewing gum in the shape of a ball, usually covered with a colored glaze of sugar. They are often sold in a small, special-purpose coin-operated vending machine called a gumball machine.
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Gumbo (gŭmb�), n. [Written also gombo.] 1. A soup thickened with the mucilaginous pods of the okra; okra soup. Especially, A thick stew made with chicken (chicken gumbo), or seafood (seafood gumbo), thickened with okra or file, and also containing greens and often hot spices; it is particularly popular in Louisiana.
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2. The okra plant or its pods.
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Gumboil (gŭmboil), n. (Med.) A small suppurating inflamed spot on the gum.
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gumbo-limbo n. A tropical American tree (Bursera simaruba) yielding a reddish resin used in cements and varnishes.
Syn. -- Bursera simaruba.
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gum-lac n. an inferior lac produced by lac insects in Madagascar.
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Gumma (gŭmmȧ), n.; pl. Gummata (#). [NL. So called from its gummy contents See .] (Med.) A kind of soft tumor, usually of syphilitic origin.
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Gummatous (?), a. (Med.) Belonging to, or resembling, gumma.
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Gummer (?), n. [From .] A punch-cutting tool, or machine for deepening and enlarging the spaces between the teeth of a worn saw.
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Gummiferous (?), a. [L. gummi gum + -ferous.] Producing gum; gum-bearing.
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Gumminess (?), n. The state or quality of being gummy; viscousness.
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Gummite (?), n. [So called because it occurs in rounded or flattened pieces which look like gum.] (Min.) A yellow amorphous mineral, essentially a hydrated oxide of uranium derived from the alteration of uraninite.
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Gummosity (?), n. Gumminess; a viscous or adhesive quality or nature. [R.] Floyer.
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Gummous (?), a. [L. gummosus; cf. F. gommeux.] 1. Gumlike, or composed of gum; gummy.
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2. (Med.) Of or pertaining to a gumma.
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Gummy (?), a. [Compar. (�); superl. .] Consisting of gum; viscous; adhesive; producing or containing gum; covered with gum or a substance resembling gum.
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Kindles the gummy bark of fir or pine. Milton.
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Then rubs his gummy eyes. Dryden.
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Coloq. Gummy tumor (Med.), a gumma.
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Gump (gŭmp), n. [Cf. Sw. & Dan. gump buttocks, rump, Icel. gumpr.] A dolt; a dunce. [Low.] Holloway.
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Gumption (?), n. [OE. gom, gome, attention; akin to AS. geómian, gyman, to regard, observe, gyme care, OS. gomean to heed, Goth. gaumjan to see, notice.]
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1. Capacity; shrewdness; common sense. [Colloq.]
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One does not have gumption till one has been properly cheated. Lord Lytton.
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2. (Paint.) (a) The art of preparing colors. Sir W. Scott.

(b) Megilp. Fairholt.

3. initiative; resourcefulness.
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4. Courage; guts.
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gumptious adj. 1. enterprising.
Syn. -- energetic, industrious, up-and-coming.
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gumshield n. (Sport) A piece of athletic equipment that protects an athlete's mouth.
Syn. -- mouthpiece.
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gumshoe n. 1. A detective; a private eye. [slang]
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2. A shoe made of rubber, as a rubber overshoe.
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3. A sneaker{3}.
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gum tree n. Any tree that exudes a gum, such as: (a) The black gum (Nyssa multiflora), one of the largest trees of the Southern States, bearing a small blue fruit, the favorite food of the opossum. Most of the large trees become hollow. (b) A tree of the genus Eucalyptus; a eucalypt. See (c) The sweet gum tree of the United States (Liquidambar styraciflua), a large and beautiful tree with pointedly lobed leaves and woody burlike fruit. It exudes an aromatic terebinthine juice. (d) The sour gum tree.
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gumweed n. any of various Western American plants of the genus Grindelia having resinous leaves and stems formerly used medicinally; often poisonous to livestock.
Syn. -- gum plant, tarweed, rosinweed, rosin-weed.
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gumwood n. wood or lumber from any of various gum trees especially the sweet gum.
Syn. -- gum.
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Gun (gŭn), n. [OE. gonne, gunne; of uncertain origin; cf. Ir., Gael., & LL. gunna, W. gum; possibly (like cannon) fr. L. canna reed, tube; or abbreviated fr. OF. mangonnel, E. mangonel, a machine for hurling stones.] 1. A weapon which throws or propels a missile to a distance; any firearm or instrument for throwing projectiles, consisting of a tube or barrel closed at one end, in which the projectile is placed, with an explosive charge (such as guncotton or gunpowder) behind, which is ignited by various means. Pistols, rifles, carbines, muskets, and fowling pieces are smaller guns, for hand use, and are called small arms. Larger guns are called cannon, ordnance, fieldpieces, carronades, howitzers, etc. See these terms in the Vocabulary.
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As swift as a pellet out of a gunne
When fire is in the powder runne.
Chaucer.
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The word gun was in use in England for an engine to cast a thing from a man long before there was any gunpowder found out. Selden.
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2. (Mil.) A piece of heavy ordnance; in a restricted sense, a cannon.
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3. pl. (Naut.) Violent blasts of wind.
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☞ Guns are classified, according to their construction or manner of loading as rifled or smoothbore, breech-loading or muzzle-loading, cast or built-up guns; or according to their use, as field, mountain, prairie, seacoast, and siege guns.
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Coloq. Armstrong gun , a wrought iron breech-loading cannon named after its English inventor, Sir William Armstrong. -- Coloq. Big gun or Coloq. Great gun , a piece of heavy ordnance; hence (Fig.), a person superior in any way; as, bring in the big guns to tackle the problem. -- Coloq. Gun barrel , the barrel or tube of a gun. -- Coloq. Gun carriage , the carriage on which a gun is mounted or moved. -- Coloq. Gun cotton (Chem.), a general name for a series of explosive nitric ethers of cellulose, obtained by steeping cotton in nitric and sulphuric acids. Although there are formed substances containing nitric acid radicals, yet the results exactly resemble ordinary cotton in appearance. It burns without ash, with explosion if confined, but quietly and harmlessly if free and open, and in small quantity. Specifically, the lower nitrates of cellulose which are insoluble in ether and alcohol in distinction from the highest (pyroxylin) which is soluble. See , and cf. . The gun cottons are used for blasting and somewhat in gunnery: for making celluloid when compounded with camphor; and the soluble variety (pyroxylin) for making collodion. See , and . Gun cotton is frequenty but improperly called nitrocellulose. It is not a nitro compound, but an ester of nitric acid. -- Coloq. Gun deck . See under . -- Coloq. Gun fire , the time at which the morning or the evening gun is fired. -- Coloq. Gun metal , a bronze, ordinarily composed of nine parts of copper and one of tin, used for cannon, etc. The name is also given to certain strong mixtures of cast iron. -- Coloq. Gun port (Naut.), an opening in a ship through which a cannon's muzzle is run out for firing. -- Coloq. Gun tackle (Naut.), the blocks and pulleys affixed to the side of a ship, by which a gun carriage is run to and from the gun port. -- Coloq. Gun tackle purchase (Naut.), a tackle composed of two single blocks and a fall. Totten. -- Coloq. Krupp gun , a wrought steel breech-loading cannon, named after its German inventor, Herr Krupp. -- Coloq. Machine gun , a breech-loading gun or a group of such guns, mounted on a carriage or other holder, and having a reservoir containing cartridges which are loaded into the gun or guns and fired in rapid succession. In earlier models, such as the Gatling gun, the cartridges were loaded by machinery operated by turning a crank. In modern versions the loading of cartidges is accomplished by levers operated by the recoil of the explosion driving the bullet, or by the pressure of gas within the barrel. Several hundred shots can be fired in a minute by such weapons, with accurate aim. The Gatling gun, Gardner gun, Hotchkiss gun, and Nordenfelt gun, named for their inventors, and the French mitrailleuse, are machine guns. -- Coloq. To blow great guns (Naut.), to blow a gale. See , n., 3.
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Gun (?), v. i. To practice fowling or hunting small game; -- chiefly in participial form; as, to go gunning.

gun for (?), v. t. 1. To pursue with the intent to kill.
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2. Fig. To make an effort to harm someone, especially with determination; -- also used humorously.
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Guna (g�nȧ), n. [Skr. guna quality.] In Sanskrit grammar, a lengthening of the simple vowels a, i, e, by prefixing an a element. The term is sometimes used to denote the same vowel change in other languages.
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Gunarchy (?), n. See .
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Gunboat (?), n. 1. (Nav.) A vessel of light draught, carrying one or more guns, used for operations in shallow waters.
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2. (Nav.) Any small naval vessel carrying mounted guns.
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Guncotton (?). See under .
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Gundelet (?), n. [Obs.] See . Marston.
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Gunflint (?), n. A sharpened flint for the lock of a gun, to ignite the charge. It was in common use before the introduction of percussion caps.
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Gunjah (?), n. (Bot.) See .
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gunk n. any thick gooey and messy substance. [informal]
Syn. -- goo, gook, guck, muck, ooze, sludge, slime.
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Gunlock (?), n. The mechanism of a gun for producing the discharge. See .
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Gunnage (?), n. The number of guns carried by a ship of war.
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Gunnel (?), n. [See .] 1. A gunwale.
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2. (Zoöl.) A small, eel-shaped, marine fish of the genus Murænoides; esp., M. gunnellus of Europe and America; -- called also gunnel fish, butterfish, rock eel.
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Gunner (?), n. 1. One who works a gun or cannon, whether on land, sea, or in the air; a cannoneer.
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2. A warrant officer in the navy having charge of the ordnance on a vessel.
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3. (Zoöl.) (a) The great northern diver or loon. See . (b) The sea bream. [Prov. Eng. or Irish]
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Coloq. Gunner's daughter , the gun to which men or boys were lashed for punishment. [Sailor's slang] W. C. Russell. -- Coloq. tail gunner (Mil.) A member of the crew of a bomber airplane who operates the defensive gun at the rear of the airplane.
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Gunnery (?), n. That branch of military science which comprehends the theory of projectiles, and the manner of constructing and using ordnance.
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Gunnie (?), n. (Mining.) Space left by the removal of ore.
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Gunning (?), n. The act or practice of hunting or shooting game with a gun.
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The art of gunning was but little practiced. Goldsmith.

Gunny (gŭnn�), n., Gunny cloth (klŏth; 115). [Hind. goṇ, goṇī, a sack, sacking.] A strong, coarse kind of sacking, made from the fibers (called jute) of two plants of the genus Corchorus (C. olitorius and C. capsularis), of India. The fiber is also used in the manufacture of cordage.
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Coloq. Gunny bag or Coloq. Gunny sack , a sack made of gunny or burlap, used for coarse commodities. In the southern U. S. similar sacks are called crocus sack, croker sack, towsack, and grass sack.
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Gunocracy (?), n. See .
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gunplay n. An instance of the firing of small arms with the intent to kill or frighten.
Syn. -- gunfight.
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gunpoint n. 1. the muzzle's direction; as, he held me up at gunpoint.
Syn. -- point.
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2. the open discharging end of a gun.
Syn. -- gun muzzle, muzzle.
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Gunpowder (?), n. (Chem.) A black, granular, explosive substance, consisting of an intimate mechanical mixture of saltpeter, charcoal, and sulphur. It is used in gunnery and blasting.
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☞ Gunpowder consists of from 70 to 80 per cent of niter, with 10 to 15 per cent of each of the other ingredients. Its explosive energy is due to the fact that it contains the necessary amount of oxygen for its own combustion, and liberates gases (chiefly nitrogen and carbon dioxide), which occupy a thousand or fifteen hundred times more space than the powder which generated them.
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Coloq. Gunpowder pile driver , a pile driver, the hammer of which is thrown up by the explosion of gunpowder. -- Coloq. Gunpowder plot (Eng. Hist.), a plot to destroy the King, Lords, and Commons, in revenge for the penal laws against Catholics. As Guy Fawkes, the agent of the conspirators, was about to fire the mine, which was placed under the House of Lords, he was seized, Nov. 5, 1605. Hence, Nov. 5 is known in England as Guy Fawkes Day. -- Coloq. Gunpowder tea , a species of fine green tea, each leaf of which is rolled into a small ball or pellet.
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Gunreach (?), n. The reach or distance to which a gun will shoot; gunshot.
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Gunroom (�), n. (Naut.) An apartment on the after end of the lower gun deck of a ship of war, usually occupied as a messroom by the commissioned officers, except the captain; -- called wardroom in the United States navy.
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Gunshot (?), n. 1. Act of firing a gun; a shot.
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2. The distance to which shot can be thrown from a gun, so as to be effective; the reach or range of a gun.
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Those who are come over to the royal party are supposed to be out of gunshot. Dryden.
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Gunshot, a. Made by the shot of a gun: as. a gunshot wound.
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gunsight n. A sight{9} attached to a gun, used for aiming it at the target. Same as {9}.
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Gunsmith (?), n. One whose occupation is to make or repair small firearms; an armorer.

{ Gunsmithery (?), Gunsmith ing, } n. The art or business of a gunsmith.
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Gunstick (?), n. A stick to ram down the charge of a musket, etc.; a rammer or ramrod. [R.]
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Gunstock (?), n. The stock or wood to which the barrel of a hand gun is fastened.
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Gunstome (?), n. A cannon ball; -- so called because originally made of stone. [Obs.] Shak.
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