machine gun

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  1. a small arm operated by a mechanism, able to deliver a rapid and continuous fire of bullets as long as the trigger is pressed.

Origin of machine gun

First recorded in 1865–70

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[ muh-sheen-guhn ]

verb (used with object),ma·chine-gunned, ma·chine-gun·ning.
  1. to shoot at with a machine gun.

Origin of machine-gun

First recorded in 1880–85

Other words from machine-gun

  • machine gunner, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use machine gun in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for machine gun

machine gun

    • a rapid-firing automatic gun, usually mounted, from which small-arms ammunition is discharged

    • (as modifier): machine-gun fire

verbmachine-gun -guns, -gunning or -gunned
  1. (tr) to shoot or fire at with a machine gun

Derived forms of machine gun

  • machine gunner, noun

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