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noun Military.
a rate of firing small arms that is intermediate between slow fire and quick fire.
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Other definitions for rapid fire (2 of 2)

rapid-fire
[ rap-id-fahyuhr ]
/ ˈræp ɪdˈfaɪər /

adjective
characterized by, delivered, or occurring in rapid succession: rapid-fire questions; rapid-fire events.
Military. discharging in rapid fire: rapid-fire rifles.
discharging, operating, etc., at a rate more rapid than normal: a rapid-fire staple gun.

Origin of rapid-fire

First recorded in 1885–90
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British Dictionary definitions for rapid fire

rapid fire

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