fire·​arm | \ ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌärm How to pronounce firearm (audio) \

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, heat [slang], 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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Scott Olson/Getty Images The rate of gun deaths in the US increased yet again in 2017, driven mostly by a rise in the number of suicides with a firearm. German Lopez, Vox, "Guns killed more people than car crashes in 2017," 11 Dec. 2018 Reynolds was wanted in Florida on a charge of robbery with a firearm in connection with a July 25 bank robbery in Sarasota County. Bruce Schreiner, Fox News, "Kentucky troopers: Deputy shot at rest stop, suspect killed," 12 Sep. 2018 Odoms is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Feds: Ex-con used Detroit Land Bank house as drug den," 2 July 2018 Prior to that, he was charged with armed home invasion robbery and aggravated battery with a firearm. Tony Centeno, Billboard, "Lil Uzi Vert, PnB Rock, Family Gather to Mourn the Death Of XXXTentacion," 28 June 2018 But gun violence studies show that policies to reduce access to firearms have a real impact. Anna North, Vox, "At Chicago’s Mercy Hospital, domestic violence became multiple homicide. It’s part of a disturbing pattern.," 21 Nov. 2018 Limiting access to firearms significantly reduces the likelihood that there will be a successful suicide. Kaitlin Menza, Redbook, "Everything You Need to Know Before Voting in the Midterm Elections," 10 Oct. 2018 Adapting taser weapons to firearms will allow Marines to make their weapons lethal again with a simple magazine or ammo switch if things quickly go sideways. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Marines Want Non-Lethal Taser Rounds to Stun Angry Crowds," 6 Sep. 2018 Access to firearms in U.S. homes has been an issue receiving greater attention following the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Two Parents Are Facing Charges After Their Son's Friend Accidentally Fatally Shot Himself With Their Gun," 13 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of firearm

1643, in the meaning defined above

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17 Mar 2019

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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 How to pronounce firearm (audio) \

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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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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