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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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

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach rode through Shawnee, Kansas, on Saturday in a Jeep with a .50-caliber machine gun apparently on top as part of an annual city parade. Josh Hafner, USA TODAY, "Fake machine gun in parade sparks backlash for Kansas official Kris Kobach," 5 June 2018 Most of the game is spent exploring grungy locations, like a creaking giant U-boat or the ruins of New York City, while firing machine guns at a seemingly never-ending wave of Nazis. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Wolfenstein II on the Switch is the best way to kill Nazis on the go," 29 June 2018 Carlson is also facing with an additional charge of possession of an unregistered machine gun. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Scottsdale machine gun maker charged in Mexico smuggling scheme," 12 Apr. 2018 Eight hours later, a man with a machine gun carjacked a man in a minivan. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "24 hours in Detroit: Mutilated body, fatal shooting and carjacking," 30 June 2018 Just like when the turret is mounted on vehicles and the crew can fire remotely while safely inside the vehicle armor, the robot can be commanded to fire missiles and its machine gun remotely. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Tank-killing robot revealed," 22 June 2018 Media: Fox 13 Tampa HOSPITAL VISIT: Ted Cruz says injured Santa Fe students told him 'don't take our guns' A trailer for the game shows a player running around a school armed with a machine gun, shooting police and throwing grenades at civilians. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Major backlash for 'Active Shooter' video game that lets players kill civilians, police," 29 May 2018 The raid was a success, but due to the extreme distance the bombers had to be fitted with an auxiliary fuel tank and lightened significantly, even leaving behind most of their machine guns. Matthew Moss, Popular Mechanics, "How the American Aircraft Carrier Became King of the Seas," 22 May 2018 On Saturday, the Justice Department proposed a federal regulation that would ban the manufacture, sale and possession of bump stocks — devices that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like machine guns. Pete Williams, NBC News, "AG Sessions pushes to punish those who lie to buy guns," 12 Mar. 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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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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