semiautomatically, adv.
/sem'ee aw'teuh mat"ik, sem'uy-/, 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.
3. a self-loading rifle or other firearm.
[1890-95; SEMI- + AUTOMATIC]

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