assault rifle


: any of various intermediate-range, magazine-fed military rifles (such as the AK-47) that can be set for automatic or semiautomatic fire
also : a rifle that resembles a military assault rifle but is designed to allow only semiautomatic fire

Examples of assault rifle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Prosecutors showed surveillance images of Murphy with an assault rifle at the Citgo. Nancy Dillon, Rolling Stone, 21 June 2024 As that vehicle advanced toward the compound, some of the commandos, dressed in white T-shirts and armed with assault rifles and carrying military backpacks, pointed guns at the police. Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, 20 June 2024 Open to all, participants can get gift cards from Target and Meijer — $200 for assault rifles, $100 for handguns and $50 for other long guns such as shotguns and rifles — in exchange for their guns. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 18 June 2024 During the fracas, Casey also assisted by picking up the suspect’s gun, which appeared in video to be an an AK-47 assault rifle, and moving it away from the scene. Evan Rosen, New York Daily News, 13 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for assault rifle 

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Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of assault rifle was in 1950

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“Assault rifle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

assault rifle

: any of various especially automatic rifles designed for military use

called also assault weapon

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