mitrailleuse definition

  • noun:
    • A breech-loading machine-gun comprising a number of barrels fitted collectively, so arranged the barrels could be fired simultaneously, or successively, and rapidly.
    • A breech-loading machine gun composed of some barrels fitted collectively, therefore organized that drums could be fired simultaneously, or successively, and rapidly.
    • A machine-gun or mixture of gun-barrels and system intended to discharge small missiles in great quantity and with great rapidity; specially, a form of machine-gun introduced into the French military about 1868, and very first brought into service within the Franco-German war of 1870-1. See slices under machine-gun.

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