an automatic gun, usually mounted and with a cooling apparatus, designed to fire a rapid and continuous stream of bullets
A gun that fires rapidly and continuously as long as the trigger is held back.
transitive verbma·chine-gunned, ma·chine-gun·ning, ma·chine-guns
To fire at or kill with a machine gun.
Fast and staccato: a machine-gun style of speaking.
- machine gunner
(plural machine guns)
(third-person singular simple present machine-guns, present participle machine-gunning, simple past and past participle machine-gunned)
- To fire a machine gun
- To kill people with a machine gun
- He drove the enemy off the ridge, except at one point where a gallant handful of men still clung to a knob of hill that had been made into a machine-gun redoubt.
- A machine-gun in the fortified zone was firing on them, and Lt.-Comm.
- To 64-prs.), together with 33,493 machine-gun and rifle bullets.
- The first Turkish position was broken through in one place, but progress was arrested by flanking machine-gun fire and counterstrokes, and everywhere the Turks held their third position firmly.
- Heavy machine-gun fire was concentrated on her; two officers were dangerously wounded and two of the launch's crew of four killed, but she got clear.