Definition of pump-action in English:


Line breaks: pump-action


  • 1Denoting a repeating firearm in which a new round is brought from the magazine into the breech by a slide action in line with the barrel: a pump-action shotgun
    More example sentences
    • The firearm used was a pump-action shotgun, a weapon banned in the UK for more than a decade.
    • A car pulled up alongside and the gunman fired three rounds from a pump-action shotgun.
    • They're heavily armed, pump-action shot guns, handguns and cuffs.
  • 2Denoting an unpressurized spray dispenser for liquid that is worked by finger action rather than by internal pressure (as in an aerosol): a preference for pump-action sprays and roll-on applicators
    More example sentences
    • To a 1-quart pump-action spray bottle, add 1 teaspoon each mild dishwashing liquid and cooking oil, then enough water to make 1 quart; shake to mix.
    • A subway station in a suburb of Washington DC was closed after the armed man released the spray from a pump-action bottle as police arrested him.
    • This was a kind of pump-action bleach spray that was supposed to give your hair that much sought after sun-kissed look.

More definitions of pump-action

Definition of pump-action in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day skosh
Pronunciation: skōSH
a small amount; a little