assault rifle

noun

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

Examples of assault rifle in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2015, for example, the company said its decision to stop selling assault rifles was due to sluggish demand. Michael Corkery, New York Times, "Walmart to Limit Ammunition Sales and Discourage ‘Open Carry’ of Guns in Stores," 3 Sep. 2019 The victim called authorities and told them that Graham struck him in the back of the head with an assault rifle during an argument. Levi Edwards | Ledwards@al.com, al, "Mobile man arrested for clubbing man with a rifle, deputies say," 13 Feb. 2020 Another gunman armed with an AK-47 assault rifle then cornered Ahmed Hussein inside the store and opened fire, hitting the police officer multiple times. Daniel Gonzalez, azcentral, "Court records detail Iraq's case against Phoenix man accused of al-Qaida murders," 3 Feb. 2020 California was the first state to ban assault rifles in 1989 (now seven states and the District of Columbia have such bans). Michael K. Mcintyre, cleveland.com, "Most Americans want action on guns: What do we know about what works?," 11 Aug. 2019 In the works are petition drives for 2020 seeking to ban assault rifles and raise the minimum wage. Washington Post, "GOP lawmakers create hurdles for citizen ballot initiatives," 22 June 2019 However, the two parties are split on other other key issues surrounding gun control, such as banning assault rifles and limiting magazine capacity, according to the project's. USA Today, "New nationwide study shows where Americans agree – and where Democrats differ headed into November," 28 Feb. 2020 The raid saw commandos rappel down onto the vessel from a helicopter carrying assault rifles in dramatic images later replayed on state television. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Iran releases seized UK-flagged tanker," 27 Sep. 2019 In America, your children go through school shooting drills; in New Zealand, parents in Christchurch this week have had to explain to their children why the usually unarmed police officers are carrying assault rifles. Zac Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "New Zealand Banned Guns After Thoughts and Prayers. Why Can’t America?," 23 Mar. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'assault rifle.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of assault rifle

1950, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about assault rifle

Time Traveler for assault rifle

Time Traveler

The first known use of assault rifle was in 1950

See more words from the same year

Statistics for assault rifle

Last Updated

24 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Assault rifle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/assault%20rifle. Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for assault rifle

assault rifle

noun

English Language Learners Definition of assault rifle

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

More from Merriam-Webster on assault rifle

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for assault rifle

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about assault rifle

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a blooming wisteria tree
  • Which is a synonym of exiguous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

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!