- a machine gun.
Examples from the Web for mitrailleuse
Historical Examples of mitrailleuse
In Europe it became more popular than the French mitrailleuse.Artillery Through the Ages
From it came a heavy rifle and mitrailleuse fire, but we did not respond.A Soldier of the Legion
We have the cuirassiers and the Turcos and ninety-six guns besides the mitrailleuse.The Garden of Swords
It was called a mitrailleuse, or a gun for firing grape-shot.Inventions of the Great War
A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
To save myself from a second dive I clutched hold of the mitrailleuse.How I Filmed the War
Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
- an early form of breech-loading machine gun having several parallel barrels
- any French machine gun
Word Origin 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].