fire·arm | \ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌärm \

Definition of firearm 

: a weapon from which a shot is discharged by gunpowder usually used of small arms

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Synonyms for firearm


arm, gun, piece, small arm

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Examples of firearm in a Sentence

revolvers, rifles, and other firearms will need a permit to carry a firearm

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Some saw the settlement as proof that the Trump administration wanted to further deregulate the gun industry and increase access to firearms. New York Times, "‘Downloadable Gun’ Clears a Legal Obstacle, and Activists Are Alarmed," 13 July 2018 In recent weeks the group has come out against SB1177, which would extend the state’s ban on buying more than one handgun in a 30-day period to all firearms. John Wildermuth,, "Gun rights group goes after Feinstein, which won’t bother Feinstein," 6 July 2018 Organizers put the Texas State Rifle Association’s booth in the exhibition hall next to Moms Demand Action, a group calling for curbing access to firearms. Jeremy Wallace And Andrea Zelinski, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas Democrats warn it will take more to win than anti-Trump message," 21 June 2018 When these characteristics are combined with access to firearms, the consequences can be tragic and permanent. Heidi Stevens,, "Before summer playdates, ask if there are unlocked guns, pediatricians recommend," 20 June 2018 Having access to firearms raises the risk of suicide, experts have found. NBC News, "Veterans more likely than civilians to die by suicide, VA study finds," 18 June 2018 Several factors linked to suicide – social isolation, drug and alcohol use, access to firearms, economic adversity – persist at higher levels in rural areas. Martin Kuz, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Mountain West, how frontier ethos magnifies problem of suicide," 14 June 2018 The two men will be living with their parents pending trial, and the judge also forbade them from keeping firearms in the household. Roxana Hegemen,, "Local gamer pleads not guilty in 'swatting' death," 14 June 2018 Sidie is known to have access to firearms, according to police. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Man who threatened Sparta graduation ceremony named," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of firearm

1643, in the meaning defined above

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29 Sep 2018

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The first known use of firearm was in 1643

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English Language Learners Definition of firearm

: a small gun


fire·arm | \ˈfīr-ˌärm \

Kids Definition of firearm

: a weapon from which a shot is discharged by gunpowder

Hint: Firearm is usually used for a small weapon.

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