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Lewis gun

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noun
  1. 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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Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • One regiment took a Lewis-gun after them, and other folk chased them in motor-cars.

  • Those that did were easily dispersed with machine-gun and Lewis-gun fire.


British Dictionary definitions for lewis gun

Lewis gun

noun
  1. a light air-cooled drum-fed gas-operated machine gun used chiefly in World War I

Word Origin

C20: named after I. N. Lewis (1858–1931), US soldier
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