Definitions for "Semiautomatic"
(adj.) Term used to describe firearms which use part of the energy produced when the gun is fired to work the mechanism and ready the gun for the next shot, so long as ammunition remains in the gun. A semiautomatic weapon will fire only one shot each time the trigger is pulled; the trigger must be released between each shot. C.f., " automatic."
a pistol that is a semiautomatic firearm capable of loading and firing continuously
partially automatic