au·​to·​load·​er | \ ˌȯ-tō-ˈlō-dər How to pronounce autoloader (audio) \

Definition of autoloader

: a semiautomatic firearm

Examples of autoloader in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On the autoloader side of things, my favorite handgun is the Glock 20. Tyler Freel, Outdoor Life, "9 Great Grizzly Guns for Brown Bear Hunting and Backcountry Defense," 19 Nov. 2019 Other improvements include an autoloader and a new fire control system. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Is About to More Than Double the Range of Its Howitzers," 1 Mar. 2017 The French LeClerc main battle tank has an autoloader that can load 12 rounds a minute, or one every five seconds. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What It Looks Like to Load and Fire Inside an Abrams Tank," 2 Dec. 2015 The available over/under shotguns cost more than virtually any autoloader and certainly more than pump guns. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "2 shots at a time: In praise of the classic over/under Browning shotgun," 13 Dec. 2017 Perfectly serviceable over/under shotguns can now be had for less than the state-of-the-art autoloaders and even some pump guns. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "2 shots at a time: In praise of the classic over/under Browning shotgun," 13 Dec. 2017 In another exercise, the human main gun-loader onboard a M1A2 Abrams main battle tank was replaced with a robotic autoloader, allowing him instead to control the MRZR robotic ATV. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "U.S. Army Shows Off All Its Latest Robotic Experiments," 30 Aug. 2017 There are many reasons to choose an over/under for bird hunting despite arguments for an autoloader, which provides more shots, less recoil and a lighter-weight option. Author: Christine Cunningham, Alaska Dispatch News, "Gearing up for another bird-hunting season in Alaska," 16 Aug. 2017 A quick shot of the main gun autoloader in action was not actually filmed inside a tank as a person appears in the background. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Iran's New Tank Is a Whole Lot of Meh," 14 Mar. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'autoloader.' 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 autoloader

1937, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about autoloader

Time Traveler for autoloader

Time Traveler

The first known use of autoloader was in 1937

See more words from the same year

Statistics for autoloader

Last Updated

22 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Autoloader.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on autoloader

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with autoloader

Comments on autoloader

What made you want to look up autoloader? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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