Dictionary: GUN'SHOT – GUST

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The distance of the point-blank range of a cannon-shot. Mar. Dict.


A maker of small arms; one whose occupation is to make or repair small fire-arms.


The business of a gunsmith; the art of making small fire-arms.


A rammer, or ramrod; a stick or rod to ram down the charge of a musket, &c.


The stock or wood in which the barrel of a gun is fixed.


A stone used for the shot of cannon. Before the invention of iron balls, stones were used for shot. Shak.


The tackle used on board of ships to run the guns out of the ports, and to secure them at sea. The tackles are pulleys affixed to the sides of a gun-carriage. Mar. Dict.


The upper edge of a ship's side; the uppermost wale of a ship, or that piece of timber which reaches on either side from the quarter-deck to the fore-castle, being the uppermost bend which finish the upper works of the hull. Mar. Dict. Encyc.

GURGE, n. [L. gurges; It. gorgo.]

A whirlpool. [Little used.] Milton.

GURGE, v.t.

To swallow. [Not in use.]


The coarser part of meal separated from the bran. [Not used.] Hollinshed.

GUR'GLE, [It. gorgogliare, from gorga, the throat, gorgo, a whirlpool, L. gurges. See Gargle, which seems be of the same family; or 'the same word differently applied.]

To run as liquor with a purling noise; to run or flow in a broken, irregular, noisy current, as water from a bottle, or a small stream on a stony bottom. Pure gurgling rills the lonely desert trace. Young.


Running or flowing with a purling sound


A subvariety of magnesian carbonate of lime, found near Gurhof, in Lower Austria. It is snow white, and has a dull, slightly conchoidal, or even fracture. Cleaveland.

GUR'NARD, n. [Ir. guirnead; W. pen-gernyn, Corn. pengarn, horn-head or iron-head.]

A fish of several species, of the genus Trigla. The head is loricated with rough lines, or bony plates, and there are seven rays in the membranes of the gills. Encyc. Dict. Nat. Hist.


A kind of fish that abounds on the south coast of Devonshire, in England.


A kind of plain, coarse India muslin.

GUSH, n.

A sudden and violent issue of a fluid from an inclosed place; an emission of liquor in a large quantity and with force; the fluid thus emitted. Harvey.

GUSH, v.t.1 [Ir. gaisim; G. giessen; or D. gudsen or kissen. See Guess.]

  1. To issue with violence and rapidity, as a fluid; to rush forth as a fluid from confinement; as, blood gushes from vein a venesection. Behold, he smote the rock, that the waters gushed out. Ps. lxxviii.
  2. To flow copiously. Tears gushed from her eyes.

GUSH, v.t.2

To emit in copious effusion. Dryden. The gaping wound gushed out a crimson flood. [Unusual.]

GUSH'ING, ppr.

  1. Rushing forth with violence, as a fluid; flowing copiously; as, gushing waters.
  2. Emitting copiously; as, gushing eyes. Pope.


In a gushing manner.

GUS'SET, n. [Fr. gousset, a fob, a bracket, a gusset, as if from gousse, a cod, husk or shell. But in W. cwysed is a gore or gusset, from cwys, a furrow.]

A small piece of cloth inserted in a garment, for the purpose of strengthening or enlarging some part.

GUST, n.1 [L. gustus, It. Sp. gusto, Fr. goût, taste; L. gusto, G. kosten, W. çwaethu, to taste; Gr. γευω, a contracted word, for it has γευσις, taste; W. cwaeth, id.]

  1. Taste; tasting, or the sense of tasting. More generally, the pleasure of tasting; relish. Tillotson.
  2. Sensual enjoyment. Where love is duty on the female side, / On theirs, mere sensual gust, and sought with surly pride. Dryden.
  3. Pleasure; amusement; gratification. Destroy all creatures for thy sport or gust. Pope.
  4. Turn of fancy; intellectual taste. A choice of it may be made according to the gust and manner of the ancients. Dryden. [Taste is now generally used.]

GUST, n.2 [Dan. gust; Ir. gaoth, wind; W. cwyth, a puff, a blast of wind; allied perhaps to gush.]

  1. A sudden squall; a violent blast of wind; a sudden rushing or driving of the wind, of short duration. Dryden. Addison.
  2. A sudden, violent burst of passion. Bacon.