Gun vs Fieldpiece - What's the difference?

gun | fieldpiece |

As a proper noun gun

is .

As a noun fieldpiece is

a mobile artillery piece, ie gun or howitzer, for use in the field.



(wikipedia gun)

Etymology 1

(etyl) Lady Gunilda which was a huge crossbow that used powerful shot. It later became used for firearms like cannons and muskets. The (etyl) woman’s name “Gundahild” is cognate to modern Scandinavian Gunhild. In Old Norse gunnr meant “battle", “war" + hildr (Old English cognate: hild), a word also meaning battle (for its usage as a female name see: Hilda), but in this context means "battle maid”.


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  • *:They burned the old gun that used to stand in the dark corner up in the garret, close to the stuffed fox that always grinned so fiercely. Perhaps the reason why he seemed in such a ghastly rage was that he did not come by his death fairly. Otherwise his pelt would not have been so perfect.
  • #A very portable, short firearm, for hand use, which fires bullets or projectiles, such as a handgun, revolver, pistol or Derringer.
  • #A less portable, long firearm, bullet or projectile firing; a rifle, either manual, automatic or semi-automatic; a flintlock, musket or shotgun.
  • #(lb) A cannon with relatively long barrel, operating with relatively low angle of fire, and having a high muzzle velocity.JP 1-02. Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms, 8 November 2010 (As Amended Through 15 March 2012) , p.142. ([// Searchable online version])
  • #(lb) A cannon with a 6-inch/155mm minimum nominal bore diameter and tube length 30 calibers or more. See also: howitzer; mortar.
  • #(lb) A firearm or cannon used for saluting or signalling.
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  • #*:It was April 22, 1831, and a young man was walking down Whitehall in the direction of Parliament Street.. He halted opposite the Privy Gardens, and, with his face turned skywards, listened until the sound of the Tower guns smote again on the ear and dispelled his doubts.
  • A and acting in a manner similar to a firearm.
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  • #Any implement designed to fire a projectile from a tube.
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  • #A device or tool that projects a substance.
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  • #A device or tool that something rather than projecting it.
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  • (lb) A long surfboard designed for surfing big waves (not the same as a longboard, a gun has a pointed nose and is generally a little narrower).
  • *2000 , Drew Kampion, ''
  • *:by the winter of 1962, the Brewer Surfboards Hawaii gun was the most in-demand big-wave equipment on the North Shore.
  • (lb) A pattern that "fires" out other patterns.
  • *2000 , Gary William Flake, The computational beauty of nature
  • *:The glider gun on the bottom of the NOT circuit emits a continuous stream of gliders, while the data stream source emits a glider only when there is a value of 1 in the stream.
  • *2010 , Andrew Adamatzky, Game of Life Cellular Automata , p.74:
  • *:Greene's period-416 2c /5 spaceship gun
  • (lb) A man who carries or uses a rifle, shotgun or handgun.
  • The biceps.
  • Violent blasts of wind.
  • Derived terms
    * air gun, airgun * BB gun * big gun * blowgun, blow gun * cap-gun * chase gun * coilgun, coil gun * costain gun * electric gun * electron gun * flame gun * flare gun * flashgun * Gardner gun * Gatling gun * Gauss gun * glue gun * go great guns * grease gun * gunboat * gun cotton, guncotton * gun culture * gun dog, gundog * gunfight * gunfighter * gunfire * gunflint * gun lobby * gunman * gunmetal * gunner * gunnery * gunplay * gunpoint * gunport * gunpowder, gun powder * gunroom * gunrunner * gunrunning * gunship * gunshot * gunshy, gun-shy, gun shy * gunsight * gunslinger * gunsmith * gunstock * gunzel * handgun * hired gun * hookgun * Hotchkiss gun * jump the gun * laser gun, laser-gun, lasergun * light gun * long gun * machine gun, machine-gun * minigun * nailgun, nail gun * Nordenfelt gun * pellet gun * popgun, pop gun * Quaker gun * radar gun * rail gun, railgun * railroad gun * railway gun * ray gun, ray-gun, raygun * shotgun, shot-gun * six-gun * smoking gun * son of a gun * spear gun * spring gun * spud gun * squirt gun * staple gun * Sten gun * stick to one’s guns * stun gun * stutter gun * submachine gun * swivel gun * Tommy gun * toy gun * under the gun * water gun * young gun * zipgun


  • To shoot someone or something, usually with a firearm.
  • He gunned down the hitmen .
    The CEO gunned down that idea before we could present it to the board.
  • To speed something up.
  • He gunned the engine .
  • To offer vigorous support to a person or cause.
  • He’s gunning for you .
  • To seek to attack someone; to take aim at someone.
  • He's been gunning for you ever since you embarrassed him at the party.
  • To practice fowling or hunting small game; chiefly in participial form: to go gunning .
  • Derived terms
    * gun down * gun it * outgun

    Etymology 2

    From (gunna), from (gonna), from (going to)


  • I'm gun go get da gun from da closet.




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    (en noun)
  • A mobile artillery piece, i.e. gun or howitzer, for use in the field.
  • Synonyms

    * field gun