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

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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 Many of the weapons systems the kingdom purchases are made in the USA, from fighter jets to helicopters to machine guns. Nic Robertson, CNN, "US-Saudi relationship will be tested by shooting," 7 Dec. 2019 Then German shells rained down on the Americans. Manning a 30-caliber machine gun in his tank turret, Goolkasian couldn’t return fire — no enemy was in sight. BostonGlobe.com, "For Gerry Goolkasian of Newton, the Battle of the Bulge barely lasted a morning.," 6 Dec. 2019 Chips, perhaps the most famous dog of World War II, was shot in the face after rushing an enemy machine gun position in Sicily. Alex Horton, chicagotribune.com, "The dog who helped kill Baghdadi met Trump. But Conan is just the latest canine war hero.," 26 Nov. 2019 The Germans were firing a portable machine gun that could unleash over a thousand rounds a minute. oregonlive, "The first American woman in uniform captured by the Nazis: Veterans Day 2019," 11 Nov. 2019 The machine gun-toting police standing guard just feet away from me threatened arrest, but there was little need; the taped-on page quickly fell off the building, fluttered off the wall in the wind. Zoltan Istvan, Quartz, "Do cyborgs need their own legal rights?," 22 Oct. 2019 Videos published on social media showed a scene resembling a war zone, with gunmen, some wearing black ski masks over their faces, riding in the back of trucks firing mounted machine guns as vehicles burned. AndrÉs Villarreal And MarÍa Verza, Houston Chronicle, "Gunbattles rattle Mexican city after troops find Chapo's son," 18 Oct. 2019 Videos published on social media showed a scene resembling a war zone, with gunmen, some wearing black ski masks over their faces, riding in the back of trucks firing mounted machine guns as vehicles burned. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mexican president defends retreat in face of cartel violence," 18 Oct. 2019 Videos published on social media showed a scene resembling a war zone, with gunmen, some wearing black ski masks over their faces, firing mounted machine guns as vehicles burned around them. Fox News, "Mexican president defends retreat of security forces, release of El Chapo's son," 18 Oct. 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/machine-guns. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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machine-gun

adjective
How to pronounce machine gun (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of machine-gun

 (Entry 1 of 2)

informal : very quick

machine gun

noun

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

noun

Kids Definition of machine gun

: a gun that fires bullets continuously and rapidly

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