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rapid fire

noun, Military
1.
a rate of firing small arms that is intermediate between slow fire and quick fire.

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
1885-1890
1885-90
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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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