Definition of semi-automatic in English:

semi-automatic

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adjective

  • 1Partially automatic: a semi-automatic gearbox
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    • The introduction of the semi-automatic gearbox with no clutch pedal by both Renault and Saab failed to impress the market.
    • All that is transmitted through a semi-automatic five-speed gearbox, which is a delight to use.
    • The gearbox is an electrohydraulically-operated semi-automatic, and the hydraulics need to be pumped up by the engine.
  • 1.1(Of a firearm) having a mechanism for self-loading but not for continuous firing: semi-automatic rifles
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    • Once hailed as the ultimate home-defense firearm, pistol-caliber semi-automatic carbines never caught on as well with the police or the general public as it did with gun writers.
    • The shipment contained 220 assault rifles and 60 semi-automatic shotguns.
    • Among the arms recovered were handguns, semi-automatic firearms, explosives, pipe bombs, bomb components and several bombs.

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  • A semi-automatic firearm: my Browning semi-automatic
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    • An instant later, the door burst open and he was staring down the muzzles of two semi-automatics and a handgun.
    • Both books gave me considerable knowledge and insight into the use of handguns, both sixguns and semi-automatics.
    • But this time around, Papa's got a tool shed full of semi-automatics and Mama's got an oven stocked with knives.

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