semiautomatic

adjective
semi·​au·​to·​mat·​ic | \ ˌse-mē-ˌȯ-tə-ˈma-tik How to pronounce semiautomatic (audio) , ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi- \

Definition of semiautomatic

: not fully automatic: such as
a : operated partly automatically and partly by hand
b of a firearm : able to fire repeatedly through an automatic reloading process but requiring release and another pressure of the trigger for each successive shot a semiautomatic rifle

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Other Words from semiautomatic

semiautomatic noun
semiautomatically \ ˌse-​mē-​ˌȯ-​tə-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce semiautomatic (audio) , ˌse-​ˌmī-​ , -​mi-​ \ adverb

Examples of semiautomatic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Wilson Combat, the Louis Vuitton of the semiautomatic-firearm business, currently lists not a single rifle or handgun in stock and hasn’t in months. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 31 May 2021 Hall was charged with voluntary manslaughter and assault with a semiautomatic firearm. Jocelyn Gecker, Star Tribune, 20 May 2021 Mark McCloskey came out of his home with an AR-15-style rifle and Patricia McCloskey emerged with a semiautomatic handgun. Jim Salter, USA TODAY, 19 May 2021 Mark McCloskey came out of his home with an AR-15-style rifle and Patricia McCloskey emerged with a semiautomatic handgun. Jim Salter, Star Tribune, 18 May 2021 Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton on Wednesday charged Hall with voluntary manslaughter and assault with a semiautomatic firearm, two felonies stemming from a deadly encounter on Nov. 3, 2018. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Apr. 2021 The struggle escalated before one suspect wielding a semiautomatic handgun shot him. Charles Trepany, USA TODAY, 30 Apr. 2021 Mark McCloskey came out of his home with an AR-15-style rifle and Patricia McCloskey emerged with a semiautomatic handgun. Fox News, 30 Apr. 2021 In the cupholder behind him was semiautomatic handgun. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of semiautomatic

1853, in the meaning defined above

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“Semiautomatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/semiautomatic. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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semiautomatic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of semiautomatic

of a gun : able to fire bullets one after the other quickly but not automatically

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