machine gun

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v machine gun shoot with a machine gun
    • n machine gun a rapidly firing automatic gun (often mounted)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: caliber machine gun ammo belts measured exactly 27 feet, before being loaded into the fuselage. If the pilots fired all their ammo at a
    • Machine gun 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.
    • Machine gun See under Gun.
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Quotations

  • George Orwell
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    “We may find in the long run that tinned food is a deadlier weapon than the machine-gun.”
  • Matt Groening
    Matt Groening
    “Love is a perky elf dancing a merry little jig and then suddenly he turns on you with a miniature machine gun.”

Usage

In literature:

So they laid by their machine guns, and silently wore through the grey days.
"Young Hilda at the Wars" by Arthur Gleason
I saw a number of men moving about, and some of them were crouching back of their biggest machine-guns.
"Air Service Boys Flying for Victory" by Charles Amory Beach
She intimated, in the event of hostilities, her willingness to send 250 mounted infantry and a machine-gun to the front.
"South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. 2 (of 6)" by Louis Creswicke
Besides, if this was true, why the machine-gun fire?
"Panther Eye" by Roy J. Snell
Bela Moshi was smart with the machine-gun, too, while for scouting and tracking work there were few who equalled him.
"Wilmshurst of the Frontier Force" by Percy F. Westerman
A hundred rounds fly whining through the night from a Fritz machine-gun.
"Norman Ten Hundred" by A. Stanley Blicq
A moonlight in which there would be no machine-guns!
"Modern British Poetry" by Various
There were plenty about them of the other kind, for machine-guns here had done frightful work.
"Where the Souls of Men are Calling" by Credo Harris
Where on earth are our machine-guns I'd like to know?
"With Haig on the Somme" by D. H. Parry
It barks like a machine gun.
"The White Mice" by Richard Harding Davis
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In poetry:

"C-U-U-U-T!
Enough.
stop sputtering like a jammed machine gun!
Bailiff,
read the verdict."
"Gioconda And Si-Ya-U" by Nazim Hikmet
Through the barrage they passed,
Men falling thick and fast,
Till the machine-gun blast
Smote them to lying
Down in the grass a bit;
Over the roar of it.
"The Charge Of The Light Brigade Brought Up To Date" by Ewart Alan Mackintosh
Border trucks flooded, food can’t get past,
American Angel machine please come fast!
Where is Ambassador Bunker today?
Are his Helios machine gunning children at play?
"September On Jessore Road" by Allen Ginsberg
From down the street machine-guns flash
With murderous fire-spitting snouts.
Incessant hails of bullets lash
Against the men in fatal clash
With enemies, despair and doubts.
"Johannes" by Hristo Smirnenski
She fired a shot across their hawse
And they had to heave to them,
For she could make her fifteen knots,
And the Dinkinbar but ten,
And she had her machine gun ready to fire
On all but unarmed men.
"The Ballad Of The Dinkinbar" by Cicely Fox Smith
'Oh! Jesus Christ! I'm hit,' he said; and died.
Whether he vainly cursed or prayed indeed,
The Bullets chirped-In vain, vain, vain!
Machine-guns chuckled,-Tut-tut! Tut-tut!
And the Big Gun guffawed.
"The Last Laugh" by Wilfred Owen

In news:

Hear Jack White's Bluesy B-Side ' Machine Gun Silhouette'.
Trouble magnet (and Cleveland rapper) Machine Gun Kelly was arrested in Florida yesterday for what the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office calls "brawling.".
Local music rapper Machine Gun Kelly arrested in Florida for disorderly conduct early Sunday morning.
Today's word is Machine Gun .
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Machine Gun Kelly & Young Jeezy "Hold Up (Shut Up)" (NEW VIDEO).
Machine Gun Kelly (MGK) performs as part of Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group Tour at 1st Mariner Arena.
Defense contractor General Dynamics has been awarded a $28.2 million contract for 12,000 machine guns that will be produced at its Maine gun manufacturing plant.
Registered machine guns by state.
What is a machine gun.
Machine Gun Kelly Shut Down at Microsoft Store Performance.
Despite multiple drug arrests, suburban mom gets time served for selling AK-style machine gun.
Machine-Gun Mama goes free.
Republican's 'machine gun social' is criticized by Ohio Democrats.
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