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rapid-fire

[rap-id-fahyuh r]
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adjective
  1. characterized by, delivered, or occurring in rapid succession: rapid-fire questions; rapid-fire events.
  2. Military. discharging in rapid fire: rapid-fire rifles.
  3. discharging, operating, etc., at a rate more rapid than normal: a rapid-fire staple gun.
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Origin of rapid-fire

First recorded in 1885–90

rapid fire

noun Military.
  1. a rate of firing small arms that is intermediate between slow fire and quick fire.
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Related Words for rapid-fire

rapid, prompt, hasty, brisk, immediate, hurried, expeditious, swift, agile, breakneck, express, fleet, headlong, lissome, lively, nimble, precipitate, ready, snappy, summary

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British Dictionary definitions for rapid-fire

rapid fire

noun
  1. a fast rate of gunfire
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adjective rapid-fire
    1. firing shots rapidly
    2. denoting medium-calibre mounted guns designed for rapid fire
  1. done, delivered, or occurring in rapid succession
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