Gatling gun

noun
Gat·​ling gun | \ ˈgat-liŋ- How to pronounce Gatling gun (audio) \

Definition of Gatling gun

: a machine gun with a revolving cluster of barrels fired once each per revolution

First Known Use of Gatling gun

1867, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Gatling gun

Richard J. Gatling †1903 American inventor

Learn More About Gatling gun

Time Traveler for Gatling gun

Time Traveler

The first known use of Gatling gun was in 1867

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near Gatling gun

Gatlinburg

Gatling gun

gato

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for Gatling gun

Cite this Entry

“Gatling gun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Gatling%20gun. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Odd Habits and Quirks

  • image1926873504
  • Which of the following best describes an easily irritated person?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!