- 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
- a rate of firing small arms that is intermediate between slow fire and quick fire.
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Examples from the Web for rapid-fire
The show offers no cathartic “gotcha” moments, no easy answers, and no rapid-fire dialogue.
There are no cathartic ‘gotcha’ moments, no easy answers, and no rapid-fire dialogue.
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That seems like quite a long lapse in this day and age of rapid-fire foreign remakes (see: Let Me In).‘Oldboy’: Spike Lee & Josh Brolin's Thriller Remake
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He shot his fingers in the air and began a rapid-fire conversation.Madge Morton's Secret
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He turned to the others, and in rapid-fire English, explained his plans.Invaders from the Infinite
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The superiority of the Spaniards in rapid-fire guns was very great.The Naval History of the United States
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The girl listened to the rapid-fire pulsations of the boat ahead.El Diablo
We are going to leave on Sunday and our plans are perfected in rapid-fire order.My Wonderful Visit
- a fast rate of gunfire
- firing shots rapidly
- denoting medium-calibre mounted guns designed for rapid fire
- done, delivered, or occurring in rapid succession
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