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Energy Weapon  
  A device that fires pure energy, used as a weapon.  

The window display was made up of an assortment of rather curiously shaped guns, rifles as well as small arms; and a glowing sign in the window stated: THE FINEST ENERGY WEAPONS IN THE KNOWN UNIVERSE.
From Seesaw, by A.E. van Vogt.
Published by Astounding in 1941
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