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machine gun

a small arm operated by a mechanism, able to deliver a rapid and continuous fire of bullets as long as the trigger is pressed.
Origin of machine gun


[muh-sheen-guhn] /məˈʃinˌgʌn/
verb (used with object), machine-gunned, machine-gunning.
to shoot at with a machine gun.
Related forms
machine gunner, noun Unabridged
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  • He jumped from the plane with a machine gun in his hands and a tuxedo in his backpack.
  • Visually many machine gun totting military personnel on the streets and marksmen on the rooftops of the temples.
  • When she grabs a machine gun, she holds the trigger down and can't stop spraying bullets all over the place.
  • Some are armed with only a machine gun, while others also carry anti-ship missiles.
  • As an example, players can master use of the machine gun, adding several options to turn this into a powerful weapon.
  • They were armed, and their leader had a machine gun.
  • In fact, it's a rabid big gorilla with a machine gun.
  • And the pizza war is every bit as brutal as those fought by bow or musket or machine gun.
  • Without warning, the scout team came under heavy machine gun fire.
British Dictionary definitions for machine gun

machine gun

  1. a rapid-firing automatic gun, usually mounted, from which small-arms ammunition is discharged
  2. (as modifier): machine-gun fire
verb -guns, -gunning, -gunned
(transitive) to shoot or fire at with a machine gun
Derived Forms
machine gunner, noun
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Word Origin and History for machine gun



1870, from machine (n.) + gun (n.). As a verb from 1915. Related: Machine-gunned; machine-gunning.

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