noun, plural mi·trail·leuses [mee-tra-yœz] /mi traˈyœz/. French.
Examples from the Web for mitrailleuse
The doctor said that for the warfare of today reliance is mainly upon the mitrailleuse, which fires 300 shots a minute.A Journey Through France in War Time|Joseph G. Butler, Jr.
From it came a heavy rifle and mitrailleuse fire, but we did not respond.A Soldier of the Legion|Edward Morlae
We let loose with mitrailleuse, rifle, field-gun, everything that would throw death.The Valley of Vision|Henry Van Dyke
If you hear rifle fire or mitrailleuse fire on the trenches, then go, as fast as you can run.Young Hilda at the Wars|Arthur Gleason
A bridge had to be blown up, and the whole place was an inferno of mitrailleuse and rifle fire.Tommy Atkins at War|James Alexander Kilpatrick
British Dictionary definitions for mitrailleuse
Word Origin for mitrailleuse
Word Origin and History for mitrailleuse
kind of machine gun, from French mitrailleuse (19c.), from Old French mitaille (14c.) "small coins," hence "old iron, scrap iron," then "grapeshot;" originally a diminutive of mite "a small coin" (see mite (n.2)). "For sense development it should be borne in mind that orig. guns used to be loaded with scrap iron" [Klein].