Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Designed to fire shots in rapid succession.
  • adjective Marked by continuous rapid occurrence.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Constructed so as to discharge projectiles with rapidity; quick-firing; quick-fire.
  • Figuratively, marked by rapid movement of question and answer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective (Gun.) Firing shots in rapid succession.
  • adjective (Ordnance) Capable of being fired rapidly; -- applied to single-barreled guns of greater caliber than small arms, mounted so as to be quickly trained and elevated, with a quick-acting breech mechanism operated by a single motion of a crank or lever (abbr. R. F.)

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective of a gun Able to fire bullets in quick succession.
  • adjective of a series of questions Delivered in a rapid continuous stream.

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Examples

  • It’s where I take calls rapid-fire, one after the other, and people can ask me about any stock the lawyers at CNBC say it’s OK to mention on air.

    Jim Cramer's Mad Money

  • It’s where I take calls rapid-fire, one after the other, and people can ask me about any stock the lawyers at CNBC say it’s OK to mention on air.

    Jim Cramer's Mad Money

  • It’s where I take calls rapid-fire, one after the other, and people can ask me about any stock the lawyers at CNBC say it’s OK to mention on air.

    Jim Cramer's Mad Money

  • It’s where I take calls rapid-fire, one after the other, and people can ask me about any stock the lawyers at CNBC say it’s OK to mention on air.

    Jim Cramer's Mad Money

  • Working with majority leader Robert Byrd, I threw out a huge stack of obstructionist amendments with a series of rapid-fire parliamentary rulings because Senate rules required the presiding officer to reject them as nongermane, or “dilatory.”

    The Good Fight

  • Working with majority leader Robert Byrd, I threw out a huge stack of obstructionist amendments with a series of rapid-fire parliamentary rulings because Senate rules required the presiding officer to reject them as nongermane, or “dilatory.”

    The Good Fight

  • Working with majority leader Robert Byrd, I threw out a huge stack of obstructionist amendments with a series of rapid-fire parliamentary rulings because Senate rules required the presiding officer to reject them as nongermane, or “dilatory.”

    The Good Fight

  • Everything from the fight he has with his rapid-fire round to the way he browbeats his underling, Tim, is all planned to make him sound just a little more petty, a little more realistic, and a little more human.

    The Lovecraft News Network

  • Everything from the fight he has with his rapid-fire round to the way he browbeats his underling, Tim, is all planned to make him sound just a little more petty, a little more realistic, and a little more human.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • Television is just too rapid-fire to understand well.

    How to talk like a native in no time

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