Definitions for handgunˈhændˌgʌn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hand•gunˈhændˌgʌn(n.)

  1. any firearm that can be held and fired with one hand; a revolver or a pistol.

    Category: Military

Origin of handgun:

1400–50

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pistol, handgun, side arm, shooting iron(noun)

    a firearm that is held and fired with one hand

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. handgun(noun)ˈhændˌgʌn

    a small gun

Wiktionary

  1. handgun(Noun)

    A small, hand-held gun with a relatively short barrel.

  2. Origin: From hand + gun.

Freebase

  1. Handgun

    A handgun is a firearm designed to be handheld, in either one or both hands. This characteristic differentiates handguns as a general class of firearms from long guns such as rifles and shotguns. Major handgun subtypes are the revolver and pistol; other subtypes include derringers, single-shot pistols, semi-automatic pistols, pepperboxes, and machine pistols. The overlapping variations in meaning of the words "pistol" and "handgun" are discussed below. Although handgun use often includes bracing with a second hand, the essential distinguishing characteristic of a handgun is its facility for one-handed operation.

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