pistol, handgun, side arm, shooting iron(noun)
a firearm that is held and fired with one hand
A handgun, with a chamber integrated in the barrel, a semi-automatic action and a box magazine.
The mechanical component of a fuse in a bomb or torpedo responsible for firing the detonator.
A creative and unpredictable jokester, a constant source of entertainment and surprises.
A small boy who is bright, alert and very active.
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.
To shoot (at) a target with a pistol.
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
to shoot with a pistol
Origin: [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
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
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Dictionary of Nautical Terms
An old word for a swaggering rogue; hence Shakspeare's character in Henry V.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
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
From Pistoja in Italy, where this kind of small firearm was first introduced in 1545.
pilots, postil, sploit, spoilt
The numerical value of Pistol in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of Pistol in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Examples of Pistol in a Sentence
Frankly, I think the ideal weapon would be a pistol.
It is a loaded pistol, but can (they) afford to fire it?.
In my opinion, the firearm shown in the video stills is a Glock pistol.
He said a guy pulled a pistol out of a guitar case and started to shoot.
One had a pistol, the other an M-16, and they pointed them at the settlers.
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- pistolaCatalan, Valencian
- Faustfeuerwaffe, PistoleGerman
- dagaScottish Gaelic
- ピストル, 拳銃Japanese
- 拳銃, 권총Korean
- PistoulLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- pistool, opdondertjeDutch
- maki illapaQuechua
- пистолет, пушкаRussian
- самокрес, пуцаљка, pucaljka, pištolj, samokres, пиштољSerbo-Croatian
- súng ngắnVietnamese
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