automatic rifle


noun

a type of light machine gun capable of firing automatically or in single shots.

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Also called automatic, machine rifle.

Origin of automatic rifle

First recorded in 1875–80
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Example sentences from the Web for automatic rifle

  • As a rule, bombing, machine-gun, and automatic-rifle fire practice came in the mornings.

    Our Army at the Front|Heywood Broun
  • He was eventually made corporal of an automatic-rifle squad.

    Average Americans|Theodore Roosevelt