ADJ. heavy, intense | scattered, sporadic | indiscriminate Seventy protesters were killed by indiscriminate gunfire. | distant | automatic We heard the rapid crackle of automatic gunfire.
QUANT. burst A burst of gunfire echoed across the square.
VERB + GUNFIRE hear | spray sb/sth with The terrorists boarded the bus and sprayed the passengers with gunfire. | be hit/wounded by A convoy was hit by gunfire.
GUNFIRE + VERB break out Heavy gunfire broke out in the capital last night. | echo
PHRASES the crack/crackle/rattle/sound of gunfire, an exchange of gunfire They were killed in an exchange of gunfire between riot police and demonstrators.