automatic rifle


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

Origin of automatic rifle

First recorded in 1875–80
Also called automatic, machine rifle. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples 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