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semiautomatic

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adjective semi·au·to·mat·ic \-ˌȯ-tə-ˈma-tik\

Simple Definition of semiautomatic

  • of a gun : able to fire bullets one after the other quickly but not automatically

Full Definition of semiautomatic

  1. :  not fully automatic: asa :  operated partly automatically and partly by handb of a firearm :  able to fire repeatedly but requiring release and another pressure of the trigger for each successive shot

semiautomatic noun
semi·au·to·mat·i·cal·ly play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

1853

First Known Use of semiautomatic

1853

Rhymes with semiautomatic


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