Walking in the country the other day, I heard the report of a shotgun. I started to wonder why this word is used. Merriam-Webster has report:-
- An explosive noise: the report of a rifle.
and the etymology as:-
[Middle English, from Old French, from reporter, to report, from Latin reportāre : re-, re- + portāre, to carry; see per- in Indo-European roots.]
This doesn't to me have any suggestion of loud bang in it anywhere. So why is report used to mean the noise of a firearm? Does anything other than a firearm emit a report?