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[sing-guh l-ak-shuh n] /ˈsɪŋ gəlˈæk ʃən/
(of a firearm) requiring the cocking of the hammer before firing each shot:
a single-action revolver.
Origin of single-action
First recorded in 1850-55 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Unlike the single-action bee, whose barbed sting can be used but once, the hornet is a repeater.

    Wild Folk

    Samuel Scoville
  • Keeled under-cars for planes: single-action detaching-gear, turning car into boat with one motion of the wrist.

    With The Night Mail Rudyard Kipling
  • It is a very reliable weapon indeed, balances better than the single-action model, and possesses great smashing power.

    Camp and Trail Stewart Edward White
  • A light, single-action click reel of German silver or aluminum of fifty or sixty yards' capacity is the best.

    Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others James Alexander Henshall
  • On the contrary, single-action reels are made of rather numerous materials and certainly in varying degrees of desirability.

  • It is taken for granted in the above discussion, and also in the following, that the fly-caster uses a single-action reel.

  • The reel should be a single-action click reel, the lighter the better, if well made.

    Favorite Fish and Fishing James Alexander Henshall
  • Moreover he was a wonderful shot with his rifle and deadly quick with a single-action revolver.

    When the West Was Young Frederick R. Bechdolt
  • When you pull back and it is in the notch, that is known as single-action firing.

    Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for single-action


(modifier) (of a firearm) requiring the hammer to be cocked by hand before firing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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