Definition of Gatling gun in English:

Gatling gun

(also Gatling)


  • A rapid-fire, crank-driven gun with clustered barrels. The first practical machine gun, it was officially adopted by the US army in 1866.

    • ‘As the rush proceeded, the companies of Jackson and Trimble advanced with a Gatling gun and the two howitzers to the brow of the bluff and opened a brisk but ineffective fire on the retreating tribesmen.’
    • ‘Outside the doors was a pair of remote Gatling guns obviously to keep out trespassers.’
    • ‘Perhaps the best known was Custer's refusal of the Gatling guns and additional forces offered by Terry.’
    • ‘On offer are two handguns, a shotgun, a machine gun, a Gatling gun, a grenade launcher, a rocket launcher and a plasma rifle.’
    • ‘After the Union Army returned from Gettysburg to restore order with Gatling guns, 119 were left dead, most of them Irish.’
    • ‘He couldn't help but wonder where they acquired a working Gatling gun in the Outlands.’
    • ‘There were rifles and pistols and even a Gatling gun.’
    • ‘The stowable, externally powered, three-barrel, 20 mm Gatling gun is capable of firing 750 or 1,500 rounds per minute.’
    • ‘The Blazer air defence system combines the high-rate-of-fire Gatling gun with either the Stinger or Mistral infrared-guided surface-to-air missile system.’
    • ‘Whatever happens, we have got the Gatling gun and they have not.’
    • ‘The charge was successful due to the deployment of the artillery's most rapid firing weapon - the Gatling gun.’
    • ‘For almost four decades the Ordnance Department procured a small number of Gatlings.’
    • ‘Inside the barrel of the front-mounted Gatling gun, the laser ignited the ammo cell, setting the shell off inside the barrel.’
    • ‘Directors have used images of Gatling guns, trains, boomtowns, and even motorized vehicles to signify the death of an era in the Western.’
    • ‘Sean selected the Gatling guns first and pulled the triggers.’
    • ‘Like the Gatling gun and other previous breakthroughs in military weaponry, though on a vastly wider scale, nuclear technology was supposed to have made war unthinkable by its sheer destructive power.’
    • ‘No matter how contrived the circumstances involved, he alone gets to change, while those around him must settle for dying nobly on cue as Gatling guns chew them to bits.’
    • ‘As his eyes adjusted he could make out a Gatling gun mounted on the rooftop with a man standing ready behind it, his own eyes darting back and forth across the main street for signs of activity.’
    • ‘You have a Gatling gun on the wharf to-day, and there is one on the turret of the Post Office, they tell us.’
    • ‘It was armed with a heavy Gatling gun underneath the nose, with twin rocket pods on either wing, as well as 6 mountings for missiles.’


Named after Richard J. Gatling (1818–1903), its American inventor.


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