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Gatling gun

n.
A machine gun having a cluster of barrels that are fired in sequence as the cluster is rotated.

[After Richard Jordan Gatling.]
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Gatling gun

(ˈɡætlɪŋ)
n
(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) (sometimes not capital) a hand-cranked automatic machine gun equipped with a rotating cluster of barrels that are fired in succession using brass cartridges
[C19: named after R. J. Gatling (1818–1903), its US inventor]
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Gat′ling gun`

(ˈgæt lɪŋ)
n.
an early type of machine gun consisting of a cluster of barrels around an axis that is rotated by a hand crank, with each barrel fired once during each rotation.
[1860–65, Amer.; after R. J. Gatling (1818–1903), U.S. inventor]
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Noun1.Gatling gun - an early form of machine gun having several barrels that fire in sequence as they are rotatedGatling gun - an early form of machine gun having several barrels that fire in sequence as they are rotated
machine gun - a rapidly firing automatic gun (often mounted)
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I dont think any firm has, says Kimberly Bullock Gatling, chair of the Diversity Committee at her firm, Smith, Moore, Leatherwood in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Patented in 1862, declared obsolete and scrapped by the US military in 1911, rediscovered and transformed in the 1940s as the deadly answer to supersonic aerial gunnery, and now made once again as the Model 1877 Bulldog, the Gatling gun's comeback is unique in the annals of military ordnance.
Gatling never stopped applying his mind to mechanical challenges for the next 85 years.