from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A smoothbore gun that fires shot over short ranges. Also called scattergun.
- n. Football An offensive formation, used especially for passing, in which the quarterback receives the snap several yards behind the line of scrimmage.
- n. Southern U.S. A house whose architecture is characterized by several rooms joined in a straight line from the front to the back: "Shotguns [are] so named because a shotgun fired through the front door of these long, narrow homes could pass straight through the house and out the back door without hitting any barriers” ( Melissa O. Fryauf). See Regional Note at beignet.
- adj. Of, relating to, or using a shotgun.
- adj. Obtained by or involving by coercion: a shotgun compromise.
- adj. Covering a wide range in a haphazard or ineffective manner: shotgun methods of testing the hypothesis that wasted time and money.
- transitive v. To shoot at with a shotgun.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A gun which fires loads consisting of small metal balls, called shot, from a cartridge.
- n. The front passenger seat in a vehicle, next to the driver; so called because the position of the shotgun-armed guard on a horse-drawn stage-coach, wagon train, or gold transport was next to the driver on a forward-mounted bench seat.
- n. A one-story dwelling with no hallways or corridors, with the rooms arranged in a straight line. Mostly heard in the southern United States.
- n. A play formation in which the quarterback is a few feet behind the snapper when the ball is hiked, ideally allowing for an easier pass play.
- v. To inhale from a pipe or other smoking device, followed shortly by an exhalation into someone else’s mouth.
- v. To verbally lay claim to (something)
- v. To hit the ball directly back at the pitcher.
- v. To rapidly drink a beverage from a can by making a hole in the bottom of the can, placing the hole above one's mouth, and opening the top.
- adj. Of or relating to a shotgun.
- adj. Occurring as a result of the threat of force.
- adj. Utilizing numerous or highly diverse means to achieve a particular result.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A light, smooth-bored gun, often double-barreled, especially designed for firing small shot at short range, and killing small game.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A smooth-bore gun used for firing small shot, as in the chase of birds and small quadrupeds; a fowling-piece: commonly called gun simply, in implied distinction from rifle or other small-arm.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. firearm that is a double-barreled smoothbore shoulder weapon for firing shot at short ranges
From shot + gun. Front passenger seat sense comes from ride shotgun. (Wiktionary)