fire·​arm ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌärm How to pronounce firearm (audio)
: a weapon from which a shot is discharged by gunpowder
usually used of small arms

Examples of firearm in a Sentence

revolvers, rifles, and other firearms will need a permit to carry a firearm
Recent Examples on the Web Eight percent of the respondents said a lockdown due to reports of a firearm happened more than once that year. USA TODAY, 11 Apr. 2024 The Department of Justice estimates that there are over 20,000 unlicensed sellers who are selling firearms through online advertisements, gun shows and other means, according to the White House. Luke Barr, ABC News, 11 Apr. 2024 The rule clarifies some technical aspects of selling and owning firearms. Deepa Shivaram, NPR, 11 Apr. 2024 On the morning of April 1, an elementary school student was found in possession of a firearm on a bus to Madison Rose Lane Elementary School. The Arizona Republic, 11 Apr. 2024 The law now requires all unattended firearms to be unloaded and locked with a locking device or stored in a locked box or safe if a child could have access to it. Detroit Free Press, 10 Apr. 2024 He was found guilty of reckless endangerment, terrorizing and use of a firearm in relation to a felony crime of violence. Chacour Koop, Kansas City Star, 10 Apr. 2024 During this, Thompson said, an officer saw the man make actions consistent with someone drawing a firearm and attempted to diffuse the situation before shooting him. David Clarey, Journal Sentinel, 9 Apr. 2024 Later Saturday, the police department’s SWAT team served two search warrants in the 2400 block of Baltic Avenue and 2500 Adriatic Avenue, recovering firearms that were believed to have been used in the shootings. Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times, 7 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1643, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of firearm was in 1643

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“Firearm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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fire·​arm ˈfī(ə)r-ˌärm How to pronounce firearm (audio)
: a weapon from which a shot is discharged by gunpowder
usually used only of small arms

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