single-action [sing-guh l-ak-shuh n] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN adjective (of a firearm) requiring the cocking of the hammer before firing each shot: a single-action revolver.
Origin of single-action First recorded in 1850–55 Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for single-action Contemporary Examples of single-action
We’re not talking hunting rifles here at all, or single-action handguns.
December 19, 2012
Historical Examples of single-action
Unlike the single-action bee, whose barbed sting can be used but once, the hornet is a repeater.
Keeled under-cars for planes: single-action detaching-gear, turning car into boat with one motion of the wrist.
It is a very reliable weapon indeed, balances better than the single-action model, and possesses great smashing power.
Stewart Edward White
A light, single-action click reel of German silver or aluminum of fifty or sixty yards’ capacity is the best.
James Alexander Henshall
On the contrary, single-action reels are made of rather numerous materials and certainly in varying degrees of desirability.
Samuel G. Camp
British Dictionary definitions for single-action single-action noun (modifier) (of a firearm) requiring the hammer to be cocked by hand before firing Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012