1. [syn: repeating firearm, repeater]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Repeating \Re*peat"ing\, a.
Doing the same thing over again; accomplishing a given result
many times in succession; as, a repeating firearm; a
Repeating circle. See the Note under Circle, n., 3.
Repeating decimal (Arith.), a circulating decimal. See
Repeating firearm, a firearm that may be discharged many
times in quick succession; especially:
(a) A form of firearm so constructed that by the action of
the mechanism the charges are successively introduced
from a chamber containing them into the breech of the
barrel, and fired.
(b) A form in which the charges are held in, and discharged
from, a revolving chamber at the breech of the barrel.
See Revolver, and Magazine gun, under Magazine.
Repeating instruments (Astron. & Surv.), instruments for
observing angles, as a circle, theodolite, etc., so
constructed that the angle may be measured several times
in succession, and different, but successive and
contiguous, portions of the graduated limb, before reading
off the aggregate result, which aggregate, divided by the
number of measurements, gives the angle, freed in a
measure from errors of eccentricity and graduation.
Repeating watch. See Repeater
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a firearm that can fire several rounds without reloading
[syn: repeating firearm, repeater]