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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Other Words from machine-gun


machine-gun verb
machine gunner noun

Examples of machine-gun in a Sentence


They heard the sound of machine-gun fire.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The family of 31-year-old Carrie Parsons, of Seattle, argues the firearms are ‘‘thinly disguised’’ machine guns. Michael Balsamo,, "Family of Las Vegas mass shooting victim sues gun makers," 3 July 2019 As the Parsons later learned, the shooter had used a dozen different rifles, each modified to simulate a machine gun with automatic fire. CBS News, "Parents of Las Vegas massacre victim sue gun makers and dealers: "These are weapons of war"," 3 July 2019 The complaint, filed in state court in Nevada Tuesday, alleges that the makers of the 12 different semiautomatic rifles used in the mass shooting knew they could be easily modified to fire like fully automatic machine guns. Zusha Elinson, WSJ, "Gun Manufacturers Sued Over Las Vegas Mass Shooting," 3 July 2019 Some succeed; many fail, their bodies riddled with machine gun bullets. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "David Binder, 88, Dies; Chronicled the Cold War and Its Aftermath," 1 July 2019 Struck on the head and knocked down by a glancing machine gun bullet, 1st Lt. Les Francis, The Mercury News, "Opinion: A San Jose WWII hero has much to teach the world," 25 June 2019 All 13 of its Bond modifications are fully-functioning, including a Browning .30 caliber machine gun in each fender, wheel-hub mounted tire-slashers, smoke screen dispensers, revolving license plates and more, says RM Sotheby’s. Rebekah Tuchscherer, USA TODAY, "With a license to drive and $4 million, you can buy James Bond's Aston Martin from 'Goldfinger'," 13 June 2019 As originally conceived, the Stryker would have light armor and just a .50 caliber machine gun or 40-millimeter automatic grenade launcher. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Army is Upgrading the Stryker Armored Vehicle With a Bigger Gun," 3 May 2019 Authorities recovered all of the more than 60 pistols, rifles, machine guns and silencers stolen from the National Shooting Sports Foundation's show, Limon's attorney Chris Rasmussen said. Washington Post, "First woman to lead U.S. Naval War College," 15 June 2019

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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

machine gun


Kids Definition of machine gun

: a gun that fires bullets continuously and rapidly

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