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 for Repeating instruments
From 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 watch.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Repeating circle. See the Note under Circle, n., 3.
  
     Repeating decimal (Arith.), a circulating decimal. See
        under Decimal.
  
     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
     (a)
         [1913 Webster]

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