starting gun


starting gun
starting gun see ↑starting pistol below.
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Main Entry:start
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starting pistol or starting gun noun
A small pistol used to give the signal for starting a race
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Main Entry:start

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starting gun UK [ˈstɑː(r)tɪŋ ˌɡʌn] US [ˈstɑrtɪŋ ˌɡʌn] noun [countable] [singular starting gun plural starting guns]
a small gun used for signalling the start of a race
Thesaurus: types of gun and general words for gunhyponym parts of a gunmeronym

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noun, pl ⋯ guns [count]
: a special gun used to signal the beginning of a race

The official fired the starting gun and the runners were off.

also : the signal made by a starting gun

As soon as she heard the starting gun, she took off running.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • starting gun — UK [ˈstɑː(r)tɪŋ ˌɡʌn] / US [ˈstɑrtɪŋ ˌɡʌn] noun [countable] Word forms starting gun : singular starting gun plural starting guns a small gun used for signalling the start of a race …   English dictionary

  • starting gun — start|ing gun [ startıŋ ,gʌn ] noun count a small gun used for signaling the start of a race …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • starting gun — /ˈstatɪŋ gʌn/ (say stahting gun) noun a handgun, either specially made for the purpose, or of a usual type which has been modified, which does not shoot a projectile, but makes a loud noise when fired; used to start a race. Also, starter gun …   Australian English dictionary

  • starting gun — noun a) A gun fired to start a race b) A signal to start or proceed …   Wiktionary

  • starting pistol — or starting gun noun A small pistol used to give the signal for starting a race • • • Main Entry: ↑start * * * ˈstarting pistol 7 [starting pistol] noun a gun used for signalling the start of a race …   Useful english dictionary

  • gun — [[t]gʌ̱n[/t]] ♦♦ guns, gunning, gunned 1) N COUNT A gun is a weapon from which bullets or other things are fired. He produced a gun and he came into the house... The inner city has guns and crime and drugs and deprivation. ...gun control laws. 2) …   English dictionary

  • gun — gun1 [ gʌn ] noun count *** 1. ) a weapon that shoots bullets, for example a pistol or a rifle. You load a gun with ammunition and pull the trigger to use it: Move! said Cardiff, waving the gun at them. She found herself looking down the barrel… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • gun — I UK [ɡʌn] / US noun [countable] Word forms gun : singular gun plural guns *** 1) a) a weapon that shoots bullets, for example a pistol or a rifle. You load a gun with ammunition and pull the trigger to use it a gang armed with machine guns Move! …   English dictionary

  • gun — /gʌn / (say gun) noun 1. a weapon comprising a metallic tube, with its stock or carriage and attachments, from which heavy missiles are thrown by the force of an explosive; a piece of ordnance. 2. any portable firearm, as a rifle, revolver, etc.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • starting pistol — /ˈstatɪŋ pɪstl/ (say stahting pistl) noun a starting gun which is typically a specially designed revolver. Also, starter pistol …   Australian English dictionary


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