a small arm operated by a mechanism, able to deliver a rapid and continuous fire of bullets as long as the trigger is pressed.
Other definitions for machine-gun (2 of 2)
to shoot at with a machine gun.
- machine gunner, noun
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How to use machine gun in a sentence
At age thirteen my father was awoken by machine gun fire in the streets of Madrid.My Father Fled Fascism in Spain—and Taught Me How Lies Can Destroy a Democracy | Sebastian Junger | May 19, 2021 | Time
Because I had never used a machine gun, but now there’s one in front of me.
According to the FBI, it was an illegal machine gun optimized to fire bursts of shots automatically, with an added silencer.“I Felt Hate More Than Anything”: How an Active Duty Airman Tried to Start a Civil War | by Gisela Pérez de Acha, Kathryn Hurd and Ellie Lightfoot, Berkeley Journalism’s Investigative Reporting Program | April 13, 2021 | ProPublica
One of them lugged an enormous machine gun a few steps behind Zelensky.'They Want the West to Be Frightened.' Ukraine's President on Why Russia Sent Troops to the Border | Simon Shuster / Shumy, Ukraine | April 12, 2021 | Time
She called Judi—a young man responsible for the few heavy weapons, such as mortars and machine guns, the YPG had in its possession—and told him to come to her location as soon as he could.The Women Who Fought to Defend Their Homes Against ISIS | Gayle Tzemach Lemmon | February 22, 2021 | Time
They were the machine gun bullets coming from the ambush when my company got hit.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile | Robert Ward | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Mothers pushed their children's heads down and they sped through town, leaving a trail of machine-gun shells in their wake.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis | Nina Strochlic | November 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A burst of machine-gun fire blew off the wall of a nearby building—the commandos were approaching.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis | Nina Strochlic | November 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There is something about a firefight at night, something about the mechanical elegance of an M-60 machine gun.
Incoming and outgoing machine-gun fire covered homes and apartments near positions taken by Israeli soldiers.
Yesterday I came under the fire of a machine gun in the course of my afternoon rounds.Letters of Lt.-Col. George Brenton Laurie | George Brenton Laurie
Nagpungasì ang mga bala sa masinggan, The machine gun bullets are coming in rapid succession.A Dictionary of Cebuano Visayan | John U. Wolff
Behind that cloud of gas the German troops advanced, protected by a heavy barrage and intense machine-gun fire.Ypres and the Battles of Ypres | Unknown
The German columns, mown down by shrapnel and machine-gun fire, were unable to reach the British trenches.Ypres and the Battles of Ypres | Unknown
We sprang up once more and dodged and doubled as we leaped through the rain of bullets, machine gun and rifle.Private Peat | Harold R. Peat
British Dictionary definitions for machine gun
a rapid-firing automatic gun, usually mounted, from which small-arms ammunition is discharged
(as modifier): machine-gun fire
(tr) to shoot or fire at with a machine gun
- machine gunner, noun
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