ma·​chine-gun | \ mə-ˈshēn-ˌgən How to pronounce machine-gun (audio) \

Definition of machine-gun

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

machine gun


Definition of machine gun (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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machine-gun verb
machine gunner noun

Examples of machine-gun in a Sentence


They heard the sound of machine-gun fire.

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The Afghan intelligence agency known as the National Directorate of Security said that security forces killed two attackers aged between 18 to 20 years and armed with suicide vests and machine guns in a six-hour-long standoff. Habib Khan Totakhil And Craig Nelson, WSJ, "Afghanistan Violence Continues as Gunmen Attack Intelligence Facility," 16 Aug. 2018 They were armed with small arms, machine guns, and a single-shot grenade launcher. NBC News, "Leaders of U.S. soldiers killed in Niger filed misleading mission plan, say officials," 8 May 2018 That Namer was lightly armed, featuring just a pair of machine guns for self-defense. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Israel's 'Namer' Infrantry Vehicle Could Be a Glimpse of the U.S. Army's Future," 13 Dec. 2018 One of those machine guns and the Close-in Weapon System -- a Gatling gun designed to shoot down incoming missiles -- both jammed during the exercise, a reminder of how important the drills are to iron out kinks to make the vessel combat-ready. Ivan Watson And Rebecca Wright, CNN, "Destroyer with a history shows US flag in Pacific," 1 Apr. 2018 A half dozen mutants start attacking him with axes and bats, while one hangs back, firing some kind of machine gun. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Fallout 76 journal, day 3: in search of friends and fun," 20 Nov. 2018 Likewise, shocktroopers rip personnel apart with machine guns and flamethrowers but can’t put a dent in vehicles. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Valkyria Chronicles 4 review: Same as it ever was," 21 Sep. 2018 The Army’s new weapon will look like a light machine gun, but will put M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank-style blasting power literally at the fingertips of U.S. soldiers. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Army's new machine gun will blast like battle tanks," 19 July 2018 It was replaced with a solid nose and armed with up to eight .50 caliber machine guns. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "B-25 Bomber to arrive for Warbird Weekend at West Houston Airport," 10 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of machine-gun


1906, in the meaning defined above


1867, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of machine-gun was in 1867

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English Language Learners Definition of machine-gun

 (Entry 1 of 2)

informal : very quick

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English Language Learners Definition of machine gun (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Kids Definition of machine gun

: a gun that fires bullets continuously and rapidly

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