- a light, air-cooled, gas-operated machine gun with a circular magazine, first used in World War I.
Origin of Lewis gun
First recorded in 1910–15; named after I. N. Lewis
Also called Lewis automatic, Lewis machine gun.
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Examples from the Web for lewis gun
In addition to the Lewis-gun post there was a bombers' post of four to six men within twenty yards of the former.Fighting the Boche Underground
Harry Davis Trounce
One Lewis-gun section took up position on the left flank at the corner of the wood, whilst the other Lewis gun protected my right.On the right of the British line
One regiment took a Lewis-gun after them, and other folk chased them in motor-cars.The Leicestershires beyond Baghdad
Edward John Thompson
Those that did were easily dispersed with machine-gun and Lewis-gun fire.The History of the 51st (Highland) Division 1914-1918
Frederick William Bewsher
- a light air-cooled drum-fed gas-operated machine gun used chiefly in World War I
C20: named after I. N. Lewis (1858–1931), US soldier
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