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 semiautomatically (audio) , ˌse-​ˌmī-​ , -​mi-​ \ adverb

Examples of semiautomatic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The mass shooting led to the adoption of new domestic laws banning semiautomatic weapons and ignited a global effort to restrict racist and violent content on the internet. Damien Cave, New York Times, "Man Pleads Guilty to New Zealand Mosque Massacre," 25 Mar. 2020 The four victims were killed after gunmen entered the yard of a Fresno home through an unlocked gate and used semiautomatic weapons to open fire on people watching a Sunday night football game. Washington Post, "$24M bail against alleged mastermind of party shooting," 5 Feb. 2020 The victims were killed Nov. 17 when gunmen entered the back of a Fresno home through an unlocked gate and used semiautomatic weapons to open fire on people watching a football game in the backyard. NBC News, "6 arrested in killings of 4 men at California backyard football party," 31 Dec. 2019 The ordinances passed in April ban the possession and use of certain semiautomatic weapons, including assault rifles. Marcy Oster, sun-sentinel.com, "Judge strikes down gun control laws passed by Pittsburgh City Council following synagogue shooting," 30 Oct. 2019 The act prohibited the manufacture, transfer or possession of semiautomatic assault weapons. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: SB 66 ensures the right to bear arms is not unlimited," 9 Sep. 2019 The Trump administration recently banned bump stocks — devices that allow semiautomatic long guns to mimic fully automatic fire — and ordered owners to turn them in to be destroyed. Lisa Marie Pane, Anchorage Daily News, "In gun buyback talk, how do you round up so many weapons?," 23 Sep. 2019 The Trump administration recently banned bump stocks — devices that allow semiautomatic long guns to mimic fully automatic fire — and ordered owners to turn them in to be destroyed. San Diego Union-Tribune, "In gun buyback talk, how do you round up so many weapons?," 22 Sep. 2019 The Trump administration recently banned bump stocks — devices that allow semiautomatic long guns to mimic fully automatic fire — and ordered owners to turn them in to be destroyed. Lisa Marie Pane, Twin Cities, "In gun buyback talk, how do you round up so many weapons?," 22 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of semiautomatic

1853, in the meaning defined above

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Cite this Entry

“Semiautomatic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/semiautomatic. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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semiautomatic

adjective
How to pronounce semiautomatic (audio)

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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