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  • n. A type of gun, similar to a modern machine gun, with several barrels on a rotating frame.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • An American machine gun, consisting of a cluster of barrels which, being revolved by a crank, are automatically loaded and fired.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See gun.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an early form of machine gun having several barrels that fire in sequence as they are rotated


Named after its inventor, Richard Jordan Gatling. (Wiktionary)


  • He had twice brought down running antelope with his pistol—most of the Rangers couldn’t have hit a running antelope with a rifle, or even a Gatling gun.

    Dead Man’s Walk


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