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machine gun (plural machine guns)

 
A machine gun.
  1. A type of firearm that fires bullets in rapid succession by a single action of the trigger.
    • 2013 July 20, “Old soldiers?”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8845:
      Whether modern, industrial man is less or more warlike than his hunter-gatherer ancestors is impossible to determine. The machine gun is so much more lethal than the bow and arrow that comparisons are meaningless.

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