from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A gun that fires rapidly and repeatedly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of firearm that continuously fires bullets in rapid succession by a single action of the trigger.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a breech-loading gun or a group of such guns, mounted on a carriage or other holder, and having a reservoir containing cartridges which are loaded into the gun or guns and fired in rapid succession. In earlier models, such as the Gatling gun, the cartridges were loaded by machinery operated by turning a crank. In modern versions the loading of cartidges is accomplished by levers operated by the recoil of the explosion driving the bullet, or by the pressure of gas within the barrel. Several hundred shots can be fired in a minute by such weapons, with accurate aim. The Gatling gun, Gardner gun, Hotchkiss gun, and Nordenfelt gun, named for their inventors, and the French mitrailleuse, are machine guns.
  • n. See under Gun.
  • n. A fully automatic rapid-firing rifle, which continues to fire bullets repeatedly as long as the trigger is depressed; lighter versions may be carried in the hands, and heavier versions may be mounted on a tripod, vehicle, or other mount. The lighweight versions are sometimes called a submachine gun.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A gun which, by means of a variously contrived mechanism, delivers a continuous fire of projectiles.

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

  • v. shoot with a machine gun
  • n. a rapidly firing automatic gun (often mounted)


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  • An M60 machine gun started up, a constant manic chatter to accompany the screaming.


  • Indicative of how dangerous it became were the physical changes that took place over the course of the war at the Baghdad bureau of the New York Times, which gradually morphed into a fortress festooned with searchlights and machine gun emplacements on its roof, surrounded by concrete blast walls, a foot thick and twenty feet high, protected by forty armed guards.

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  • The machine gun in Tolland's hands was worthless; even from here Delta-One could see the cocking bar assembly had kicked back, indicating the clip was empty.

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  • By then, the zeppelin was less than a mile away, but Naismith, mindful of orders to destroy British seaplanes that could not be brought home, ordered a machine gun brought up to the conning tower and had a seaman begin firing at the floats of the three empty seaplanes.

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  • Another machine gun joined the first and the light mortar squad sent a round over there, poink.


  • We attacked with our own RATs and we floated in on rafts protected by Boatman, who armored the sides of his red Boat and mounted a machine gun captured from federal forces.

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  • It was the sharp sputter of a machine gun from the direction of the gate, a pause and another burst; an eddy of sleep-memory indicated that it had begun before the helicopter's arrival, so it could not be that they were gunning.

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  • Tlie word was damn, a cannon burst of outrage that was followed by a machine gun fusillade of a lot of other words of one syllable.


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  • Bursts of machine gun fire slammed into the motorcycle's sidecar.

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