Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An armed aircraft, such as a helicopter, that is used to support troops and provide fire cover.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A ship equipped with heavy artillery.
  • n. An armed helicopter tasked to attack the enemy.
  • n. (military) A transport airplane equipped with large calibre guns typical of armoured fighting vehicles

Etymologies

From gun + ship. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The attack by an AC-130 gunship, which is operated by the Special Forces Command, is believed to have produced multiple casualties, the official said.

    From On High

  • Although they -- most seem to be escorted by some kind of gunship or something so that, you know, in that sense, yes.

    CNN Transcript Jul 19, 2006

  • One of the trailers she was convicted of taking was converted to a "gunship" that "was vital to the security of the fuel trucks and their crews," her battalion commander told military investigators.

    Archive 2004-11-01

  • An Iroquois helicopter "gunship" was observed dropping an

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • We give 15 million dollars each day to Israel and Israel buys weapons such as gunship helicopters, F16 bombers and Catepillar bulldozers to use against the Palestinians.

    Indybay newswire

  • We give 15 million dollars each day to Israel and Israel buys weapons such as gunship helicopters and Catepillar bulldozers to use against the Palestinians.

    Indybay newswire

  • If nothing else, WikiLeaks has succeeded in reminding us of the impact of our vastly superior firepower, as in a now infamous video of an Apache helicopter gunship firing on non-combatants in the streets of Baghdad.

    William J. Astore: The New American Isolationism: The Cost of Turning Away From War's Horrific Realities

  • On July 7, 2007, for instance, 14 Iraqi civilians were killed when a U.S. helicopter gunship, responding to a rocket-propelled grenade and small-arms attack on a U.S. patrol, opened fire on insurgents.

    WikiLeaks Discloses Reports From Iraq

  • Local media reported NATO gunship helicopters launched an air strike at an army checkpost, killing a large number of the security personnel posted there, including two officers.

    Pakistan Condemns Raid

  • In one recent incident, a NATO helicopter gunship killed three Pakistani soldiers while attacking the militants.

    Pakistan's Role in Afghan War Questioned

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