Definition of semiautomatic
: not fully automatic: such asa : operated partly automatically and partly by handb 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
semiautomaticallyplay \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
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The guns are all semiautomatic pistols, though the order consists of several different models.
When police arrived at the scene, Donald Markham's .380-caliber Glock semiautomatic pistol was found in his right hand, with five bullets still in the magazine and one in the chamber, according to supplemental reports logged in the investigation.
Officers fired 19 bullets from semiautomatic rifles and three hard-foam rounds to break up the melee at Pelican Bay State Prison near the Oregon border.
The shots came from a semiautomatic pistol that did precisely what its colloquial name –
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Definition of semiautomatic for English Language Learners
of a gun : able to fire bullets one after the other quickly but not automatically
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