semiautomatic

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adjective semi·au·to·mat·ic \ ˌse-mē-ˌȯ-tə-ˈma-tik , ˌse-ˌmī- , -mi- \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

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

semiautomatic

noun

semiautomatically

play \ˌse-mē-ˌȯ-tə-ˈma-ti-k(ə-)lē, ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi-\ adverb

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First Known Use of semiautomatic

1853


SEMIAUTOMATIC Defined for English Language Learners

semiautomatic

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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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