Lewis gun

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noun

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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Lewis gun


noun

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

Word Origin for Lewis gun

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