- a machine gun.
Examples from the Web for 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 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].