assault rifle

noun
Updated on: 14 Apr 2018

Definition of 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

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First Known Use of assault rifle

1964

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Definition of assault rifle for English Language Learners

  • : a gun that can shoot many bullets quickly and that is designed for use by the military


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