Meaning of semiautomatic

sem•i•au•to•mat•ic

Pronunciation: (sem"ē-ô"tu-mat'ik, sem"ī-), [key]
— adj.
  1. partly automatic.
  2. (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.
—n.
  1. a self-loading rifle or other firearm.
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