Definition of Lewis gun in English:

Lewis gun

Syllabification: Lew·is gun

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.
More 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.

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