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or U·ZI (o͞o′zē)
n. pl. U·zis or U·ZIs
Any of various compact submachine guns having a caliber of 9 millimeters, originally designed in Israel in the 1950s.

[After Uzi el-Gal, 20th-century Israeli army officer and weapons designer.]


(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a sub-machine gun of Israeli design
[C20: after Uziel Gal, the Israeli army officer who designed it]


(ˈu zi)
n., pl. U•zis.
a compact 9mm submachine gun of Israeli design.
[1955; after Uzi(el Gal), Israeli army officer who designed it]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Uzi - a type of submachine gun that is designed and manufactured in Israel; "the Uzi is used throughout the world as a police and special forces firearm"
submachine gun - machine gun that is a portable automatic firearm
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