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rapid-fire

[rap-id-fahyuh r] /ˈræp ɪdˈfaɪər/
adjective
1.
characterized by, delivered, or occurring in rapid succession:
rapid-fire questions; rapid-fire events.
2.
Military. discharging in rapid fire:
rapid-fire rifles.
3.
discharging, operating, etc., at a rate more rapid than normal:
a rapid-fire staple gun.
Origin of rapid-fire
1885-1890
1885-90

rapid fire

noun, Military.
1.
a rate of firing small arms that is intermediate between slow fire and quick fire.
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  • The rapid-fire guns are mounted in such manner that they can be swung and directed to any point of the compass.

    America's War for Humanity Thomas Herbert Russell
  • The superiority of the Spaniards in rapid-fire guns was very great.

  • Gregory continued to listen to the rapid-fire exhaust as it died away in the distance.

    El Diablo Brayton Norton
  • He shot his fingers in the air and began a rapid-fire conversation.

    Madge Morton's Secret Amy D. V. Chalmers
  • Between the forward cabin and the cabin aft there is placed a rapid-fire gun.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
British Dictionary definitions for rapid-fire

rapid fire

noun
1.
a fast rate of gunfire
adjective
2.
  1. firing shots rapidly
  2. denoting medium-calibre mounted guns designed for rapid fire
3.
done, delivered, or occurring in rapid succession
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