from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The Sten gun, a family of British 9-millimeter submachine guns used extensively by British and Commonwealth forces throughout World War II, the Korean War and may other conflicts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See stend.


From the names of the weapon's chief designers, Major Reginald Shepherd and Harold Turpin, and EN for Enfield (Wiktionary)


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