Definition of "machine-gun" []

  • To fire at or kill with a machine gun. (verb-transitive)
  • Fast and staccato: a machine-gun style of speaking. (adjective)
  • A rapid-firing automatic gun, usually mounted, from which small-arms ammunition is discharged (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • To shoot or fire at with a machine-gun (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "machine-gun" in a sentence
  • "The old Humphrey, the machine-gun orator, was back."
  • "He also had that electrifying speaking style: the machine-gun delivery, the big crescendos, applause lines every few minutes."
  • "Sandbagged machine-gun placements crowd the outside stairs."