from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Designed to fire shots in rapid succession: a rapid-fire machine gun.
- adj. Marked by continuous rapid occurrence: rapid-fire questions.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Able to fire bullets in quick succession.
- adj. Delivered in a rapid continuous stream.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Firing shots in rapid succession.
- adj. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Constructed so as to discharge projectiles with rapidity; quick-firing; quick-fire.
- Figuratively, marked by rapid movement of question and answer.
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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.
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.”
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.
Television is just too rapid-fire to understand well.
And suddenly the rapid-fire comments from Al and Mixner cease.
I can go into a barber shop and get my hair cut the way I like it, and make myself understood (barely) in stores and most businesses, some businesses, and most government agencies like to overwhelm you with rapid-fire Spanish.
The proprietor and the rest took turns at talking to me in rapid-fire Spanish, and, from the expressions on their faces, all concluded that I was remarkably stupid.
What is true of rapid-fire guns, stock-exchanges, and electric motors, cannot possibly be true of hand-flung javelins and whirring chariot wheels.
In which case, before rapid-fire guns and the modern machinery of warfare, they will perish the more swiftly and easily.
The statistics show that 58,640 merchant steamers, equipped with searchlights and rapid-fire guns, were despatched by the various nations to China.