- partly automatic.
- (of a firearm) automatically ejecting the cartridge case of a fired shot and loading the next cartridge from the magazine but requiring a squeeze of the trigger to fire each individual shot.
- a self-loading rifle or other firearm.
- partly automatic
- (of a firearm) self-loading but firing only one shot at each pull of the triggerCompare automatic (def. 5)
- a semiautomatic firearm
adj.1853, from semi- + automatic (adj.). In reference to firearms, 1889.