from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having the percussion fulminate in a rim surrounding the base, distinguished from
center-fire; -- said of cartridges; also, using rim-fire cartridges. Such cartridges are now little used.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Noting a cartridge which has a detonating substance placed in some part of the rim of its base: distinguished from center-fire.
- Pertaining to or adapted for the use of a rim-fire cartridge: as, a rim-fire gun (a gun in which rim-fire cartridges are used).
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