machine-gun

adjective ma·chine-gun \ mə-ˈshēn-ˌgən \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of machine-gun

: characterized by rapidity and sharpness : rapid-fire
  • a comic's machine-gun delivery

First Known Use of machine-gun

1906

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machine gun

noun

Definition of machine gun

: a gun for sustained rapid fire that uses bullets; broadly : an automatic weapon

machine-gun

verb

machine gunner

noun

Examples of machine gun in a Sentence

  1. They heard the sound of machine-gun fire.

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First Known Use of machine gun

1867

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MACHINE-GUN Defined for English Language Learners

machine-gun

Definition of machine-gun for English Language Learners

  • : very quick


machine gun

Definition of machine gun for English Language Learners

  • : a gun that is able to shoot many bullets very quickly one after the other


MACHINE-GUN Defined for Kids

machine gun

noun

Definition of machine gun for Students

: a gun that fires bullets continuously and rapidly


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