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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A week after the fourth robbery in late July, Oliver was pulled over in Center City and police found a 9mm semiautomatic pistol under the driver’s seat.
Long had alcohol, methamphetamine in system A separate semiautomatic rifle and a 9mm pistol were found in the rental car, Moore's report said.
On the day of the incident, Hodgkinson shot at the players on the field with the semiautomatic rifle and the 9mm handgun and had bought the weapons from licensed gun deals, according to the FBI.
The shooter had a long-range semiautomatic rifle, and the police only had handguns.
On the day of the shootout, detectives recovered a 9-mm semiautomatic rifle from a duffel bag belonging to Erb inside a Pizza Boli's restaurant on Merritt Avenue in Dundalk, county police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said.
After 35 people died in the Port Arthur Massacre, Australia banned certain semiautomatic and automatic weapons.
Police then searched the car and turned up three handguns and semiautomatic rifle, all loaded, as well as a ballistic vest, more ammunition and two bags of marijuana.
Police also found and confiscated a semiautomatic handgun from his bedroom.
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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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