gas-operated

adjective

gas-op·​er·​at·​ed ˈgas-ˈä-pə-ˌrā-təd How to pronounce gas-operated (audio)
-ˈä-prā-
of a firearm
: using part of the force of expanding propellant gases to operate the action

Examples of gas-operated in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The gun is gas-operated, with a magazine capable of holding up to 30 rounds of 5.56mm ammunition. Joshua Lott, Washington Post, 30 Oct. 2023 And Ford, one of the nation’s top-three auto sellers, is taking a bigger step, eliminating AM from all of its vehicles, electric or gas-operated. Marc Fisher, Anchorage Daily News, 14 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gas-operated was in 1944

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“Gas-operated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gas-operated. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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