machine-gun

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

Definition of machine-gun

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

machine-gun

verb
machine-gunned; machine-gunning; machine-guns

Definition of machine-gun (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to shoot at, wound, or kill (someone or something) with a machine gun machine-gunned a marauding gang of terrorists outside the U.S. embassy …— Terry Eagleton A few years later someone machine-gunned to death the prosecutor who wanted to try the group for killing the soldiers.— Paul Berman

machine gun

noun
plural machine guns

Definition of machine gun (Entry 3 of 3)

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

Other Words from machine-gun

Verb

machine gunner or less commonly machine-gunner noun, plural machine gunners also machine-gunners
These battalions were composed of the hardened infantrymen—riflemen, machine gunners, grenadiers, and mortarmen—who carried the main burden of the war. — Shelby L. Stanton

Examples of machine-gun in a Sentence

Noun They heard the sound of machine-gun fire.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Williams moved ahead of his unit and eliminated a series of Japanese machine gun positions. Kevin Freking, ajc, 14 July 2022 The Higgins vessel’s engine has removed, and the boat has modifications to open up the space between the two machine gun positions toward the stern, the park service said. Marlene Lenthang, NBC News, 12 July 2022 During those expeditions, the craft's engine was removed and the boat received modifications to open the space between the two machine gun positions towards the stern, a spokesperson from the Lake Mead National Recreation Area said. Kyla Guilfoil, ABC News, 12 July 2022 The vessel has had its engine removed and been modified to open space between two machine gun positions towards its stern, NPS said. Susannah Cullinane, CNN, 11 July 2022 As a young Marine corporal, Williams went ahead of his unit in February 1945 and eliminated a series of Japanese machine gun positions. Lawrence Richard, Fox News, 4 July 2022 As a young Marine corporal, Williams went ahead of his unit in February 1945 and eliminated a series of Japanese machine gun positions. CBS News, 4 July 2022 As a young Marine corporal, Williams went ahead of his unit in February 1945 and eliminated a series of Japanese machine gun positions. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 4 July 2022 As a young Marine corporal, Williams went ahead of his unit during the Battle of Iwo Jima in February 1945 and eliminated a series of Japanese machine gun positions. John Raby, The Courier-Journal, 29 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of machine-gun

Adjective

1906, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1894, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1867, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of machine-gun was in 1867

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“Machine-gun.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/machine-gun. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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machine gun

noun

Kids Definition of machine gun

: a gun that fires bullets continuously and rapidly

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