What does PISTOL mean?

Definitions for PISTOL
ˈpɪs tlpis·tol

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pistol, handgun, side arm, shooting ironnoun

    a firearm that is held and fired with one hand


  1. pistolnoun

    A handgun, with a chamber integrated in the barrel, a semi-automatic action and a box magazine.

  2. pistolnoun

    The mechanical component of a fuse in a bomb or torpedo responsible for firing the detonator.

  3. pistolnoun

    A creative and unpredictable jokester, a constant source of entertainment and surprises.

  4. pistolnoun

    A small boy who is bright, alert and very active.

  5. pistolnoun

    A play formation in which the quarterback is a few feet behind the center when the ball is snapped, but closer than in a shotgun formation, with a running back a few feet behind him.

  6. pistolverb

    To shoot (at) a target with a pistol.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Pistolnoun

    A small handgun.

    Etymology: pistole, pistolet, Fr.

    Three watch the door with pistols, that none should issue out. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    The whole body of the horse passed within pistol-shot of the cottage. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    Quicksilver discharged from a pistol will hardly pierce through a parchment. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    A woman had a tubercle in the great canthus of the eye, of the bigness of a pistol-bullet. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.

  2. To Pistolverb

    To shoot with a pistol.

    Etymology: pistoler, Fr.


  1. Pistol

    A pistol is a handgun, more specifically one with the chamber integral to its gun barrel, though in common usage the two terms are often used interchangeably. The English word was introduced in ca. 1570 – when early handguns were produced in Europe and is derived from the Middle French pistolet (ca. 1550), meaning a small gun or knife. In colloquial usage, the word "pistol" is often used to describe any type of handgun, inclusive of revolvers (which have a single barrel and a separate cylinder housing multiple chambers) and the pocket-sized derringers (which are often multi-barrelled). The most common type of pistol used in the contemporary era is the semi-automatic pistol, while the older single-shot and manual repeating pistols are now rarely seen and used primarily for nostalgic hunting and historical reenactment, and the fully automatic machine pistols are uncommon in civilian usage due to generally poor recoil-controllability and strict laws and regulations governing their manufacture and sale.


  1. pistol

    A pistol is a small firearm designed to be held and operated with one hand. It generally has a short barrel and uses a chamber integral with the gun's barrel as compared to a revolver, which has a revolving cylinder containing multiple chambers. Pistols are typically used for short range shooting and self-defense. They can range in size, caliber, and capacity, and have various operating mechanisms, such as semi-automatic or single-shot.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pistolnoun

    the smallest firearm used, intended to be fired from one hand, -- now of many patterns, and bearing a great variety of names. See Illust. of Revolver

  2. Pistolverb

    to shoot with a pistol

  3. Etymology: [F. pistole, pistolet, It. pistola; prob. from a form Pistola, for Pistoja, a town in Italy where pistols were first made. Cf. Pistole.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Pistol

    pis′tol, n. a small hand-gun, held in one hand when fired.—v.t. to shoot with a pistol.—ns. Pistoleer′, one armed with a pistol; Pis′tolet, a little pistol; Pis′tol-shot. [O. Fr. pistole—It. pistola, said to be from Pistoja (orig. Pistola), a town in Italy.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. pistol

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Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. pistol

    An old word for a swaggering rogue; hence Shakspeare's character in Henry V.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. pistol

    Is the smallest description of fire-arm, and is intended to be used with one hand only. Pistols were first used by the cavalry of England about 1544. They vary in size from the delicate saloon-pistol, often not 6 inches long, to the horse-pistol, which may measure 18 inches, and sometimes even 2 feet. They are carried in holsters at the saddle-bow, in the belt, or in the pocket. Every cavalry soldier should have pistols, for a fire-arm is often of great service for personal defense, and almost indispensable in giving an alarm or signal. Of late years pistols have been made with revolving cylinder breeches, in which are formed several chambers for receiving cartridges, and bringing them in succession into a line with the barrel ready for firing. See Revolvers.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Pistol

    From Pistoja in Italy, where this kind of small firearm was first introduced in 1545.

Anagrams for PISTOL »

  1. pilots

  2. postil

  3. sploit

  4. spoilt

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of PISTOL in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of PISTOL in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of PISTOL in a Sentence

  1. Police Chief Charlie Beck:

    I think that this is an awful tragedy, but the officers took -- on the face of it -- reasonable steps to avoid it. Had the individual not grabbed the officer's pistol, certainly we would not be having this discussion.

  2. Benjamin Netanyahu:

    We don't point a pistol at our own forehead. That is not the way to conduct negotiations.

  3. Paul Biddiss:

    Hotel staff are obviously using them, obviously more for show than anything, you'd have a better chance of finding a bomb with a water pistol.

  4. Joe Argueta:

    One male was armed with a baseball bat and the other male with a pistol. When Dodge Challenger attempted to flee, the male with the pistol fired multiple gunshots at the passenger side of Dodge Challenger.

  5. Samaritan Women:

    I didn't know I was in hell, i thought it was just life. Over those years I was held hostage, shot at, beaten with a pistol. And somewhere in my sick mind I thought this is how life is supposed to be.

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