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Definition of "semi-automatic" [semi-automatic]

  • Partially automatic. (adjective)
  • Of a firearm that automatically ejects a shell and loads the next one, but requires the trigger to be squeezed for each shot; autoloading. (adjective)
  • A semi-automatic firearm, especially such a pistol. (noun)
  • A semi-automatic transmission (noun)

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Use "semi-automatic" in a sentence
  • "As a mother, I made a conscious decision not to raise my children in a remote Massachusetts fishing village, partly because of one particular conversation in the local post office in which two neighbors discussed whether they owned guns that could be classified as semi-automatic weapons."
  • "The central provisions of the reforms were the ban on semi-automatic rifles and pump action shotguns, accompanied by gun amnesties and two national buybacks, which together saw some 820,000 guns destroyed."
  • "Fooley admitted to bringing a semi-automatic weapon on board the ship."
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