Share this entry

Share this page

Lewis gun

Syllabification: Lew·is gun

Definition of Lewis gun in English:

noun

chiefly historical
A light, air-cooled machine gun with a magazine operated by gas from its own firing, used mainly in World War I.
Example sentences
  • As well as the Vickers machine gun, the British used the Hotchkiss and the Lewis gun.
  • A group selected from the three battalions of the Dublin Brigade captured 25 rifles, two Lewis guns and a large quantity of ammunition, without suffering or causing any casualties.
  • As the battle reached its climax the submariners continued to fight off their attackers with a handful of rifles and a Lewis gun.

Origin

early 20th century: named after its inventor, Isaac N. Lewis (1858–1931), a colonel in the US Army.

Definition of Lewis gun in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day peart
Pronunciation: pɪət
adjective
lively; cheerful