ma·​chine-gun | \mə-ˈshēn-ˌgən \

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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

On the eve of the march, the Justice Department proposed new rules to ban bump stocks which allow weapons to fire like machine guns. CBS News, ""39 Days": How Parkland shooting survivors turned grief into action," 24 Mar. 2018 That sequence included better looks at two new standard weapons: the Ballista, a laser launcher whose rounds explode inside of bad guys, and the Heavy Cannon, a combination machine gun and sniper rifle. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Doom Eternal ushers in idTech 7, bloody new powers," 10 Aug. 2018 The kits installed on the roof an armored Humvee and provided 360 degree and overhead protection for machine gun gunners and grenadiers. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Marines Are Saving A Bundle Reusing Gun Shields From Older Humvees," 26 July 2018 While searching the house, officers allegedly found the sub machine guns, 55 grams of methamphetamine and $3,800. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "It was supposed to be a routine felon check. Then officers found the sub machine guns.," 12 June 2018 In 2009, he was sentenced to one year and one day in prison and ordered to pay a $100,300 fine on weapons charges related to purchasing machine guns and silencers. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Rapper T.I. arrested," 16 May 2018 At some point, the guards opened fire with machine guns and grenade launchers. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "Former Blackwater guard goes on trial for second time for role in mass shooting in Iraq," 18 June 2018 It can be configured with a robotic arm or a .50 caliber machine gun and can carry payloads of up to 1,650 pounds. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "This Tank-Killer Robot Could Revolutionize Ground Warfare," 14 June 2018 Instead of production numbers, look for dogged cops, chattering machine guns and bodies falling from heights. Mike Hale, New York Times, "The TV Binges of Summer, From Jack Ryan to ‘Better Call Saul’," 1 June 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)

: 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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