firearm

noun
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

Synonyms

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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The charges included carrying a loaded firearm and evading police. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "Sacramento rapper Mozzy, barred from owning guns, arrested in Vegas for gun possession," 10 July 2018 So, practice using firearms, pepper spray, or other weapons. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "Protecting your property – and yourself – in Southcentral Alaska: Troopers and police share their tips," 1 July 2018 While various threats, sometimes referencing bombs, accounted for 15 percent of lockdowns, and police manhunts near campuses made up a similar share, at least 61 percent of lockdowns were related to firearms. John Woodrow Cox, The Seattle Times, "Numerous school lockdowns are traumatizing the nation’s children," 26 Dec. 2018 Daugherty faces aggravated robbery, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and endangering a child charges. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Texas Couple Allegedly Held His Parents and Young Son Hostage Before Being Chased Out by Tear Gas," 30 May 2018 There are multiple options available for safely storing and securing your firearms when not in use. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Choose the Best Gun Storage," 8 Aug. 2018 Moss was ordered to surrender his guns to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office and told not to possess any firearms until the protective order expired. Ian Duncan, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore Police detective suspended after judge orders him to give up gun in domestic violence case," 13 July 2018 When officers arrived to the scene, one of them aimed his firearm in the direction of the boys. Jacob Taylor /, NBC News, "Viral video of handcuffed black teens in Minneapolis sparks police investigation," 12 July 2018 The agent was charged with one count of assault in connection with the incident, which caused his firearm to shoot into the leg of a bystander. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Toothless trade resolution demonstrates Congress’s unwillingness to check Trump," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of firearm

1643, in the meaning defined above

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26 May 2019

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The first known use of firearm was in 1643

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More Definitions for firearm

firearm

noun

English Language Learners Definition of firearm

: a small gun

firearm

noun
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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