Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A breech-loading machine gun consisting of a number of barrels fitted together, so arranged that the barrels can be fired simultaneously, or successively, and rapidly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A breech-loading machine gun consisting of a number of barrels fitted together, so arranged that the barrels can be fired simultaneously, or successively, and rapidly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A machine-gun or combination of gun-barrels and mechanism intended to discharge small missiles in great quantity and with great rapidity; especially, a form of machine-gun introduced in the French army about 1868, and first brought into service in the Franco-German war of 1870-1. See cuts under machine-gun.

Etymologies

French, from mitrailler ("to fire grapeshot"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It stated: ... that these troops encountered a murderous infantry and machine-gun fire, and were obliged to fall back, their losses “amounting almost to annihilation;” that cavalry attempted to protect the shattered remnant of the brigade, “but that on account of the violent mitrailleuse fire, the leader was unable to deliver home his attack.”

    The Gun

  • In the late 1860s, while Gatling was busily trying to sell France his improved weapons and personally attending field tests of his weapon in Versailles,13 Montigny convinced Napoleon III, the French emperor, to order that the mitrailleuse be distributed to French troops.

    The Gun

  • Major Fosbery, who helped tweak the design of the Montigny mitrailleuse, had presented his own strong opinions in favor of rapid-fire arms to the same organization in 1870.

    The Gun

  • The French called the gun the mitrailleuse, or grapeshooter, a name that suggested its officers conceived of it as a new kind of artillery more than as an infantry arm.

    The Gun

  • Now new rapid-fire guns—not only the mitrailleuse but the Hotchkiss and the Gardner—were in development or coming to market.

    The Gun

  • On the subject of the mitrailleuse, he opted for both disclosure and titillation.

    The Gun

  • This was more than the shrapnel holes produced by two British artillery pieces (283 and 142 each) or the impacts in a target fired upon by a Montigny mitrailleuse (127).

    The Gun

  • All I could perceive, however, was a disabled gun, a broken mitrailleuse, and two badly damaged caissons.

    She Makes Her Mouth Small & Round & Other Stories

  • From the blackness before us came a succession of curious, muffled clickings, like a smothered mitrailleuse.

    The Metal Monster

  • Hontorio breech loading guns on Vavasseur carriages, six 12 centimeter guns, eight 6 pounder rapid firing, and eight or ten small guns for boats and mitrailleuse purposes, four of which are in the crow's nests at the top of the two masts of the ship.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 623, December 10, 1887

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