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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What was supposed to be a quick and simple inquiry escalated when Gaston approached the security guard and was asked to leave his firearm in the car. Kynala Phillips, Essence, "Security Guard Who Pulled A Gun Out On Black Ohio Sheriff's Deputy Pleads Not Guilty," 17 July 2019 Wallet discharged his firearm one time, striking Singley in the leg. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Chief Isaac: 'We all need to do more, not just law enforcement' about mental health services," 17 July 2019 In the early 1970s, a neighbor in Houston told Joe Wolf that the local K-Mart was liquidating its black powder firearms and equipment. John Goodspeed, ExpressNews.com, "Black powder passion: Modern mountain man breathes life into history," 11 July 2019 Both men pulled their firearms and identified themselves as deputies, which led to Jones firing, according to the report. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida man arrested after trying to rob off-duty deputies: report," 10 July 2019 If this daughter won’t relinquish her firearm – this houseguest should take her gun and find another place to live. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Correcting the record on ammo and guns," 1 July 2019 If this daughter won't relinquish her firearm -- this houseguest should take her gun and find another place to live. Ask Amy, oregonlive.com, "Ask Amy: Let’s talk about gun violence," 1 July 2019 If this daughter won’t relinquish her firearm, this houseguest should take her gun and find another place to live. Amy Dickinson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ask Amy: Correcting the record on ammo and guns," 30 June 2019 The change, posted on a city website without fanfare, allows gun owners to take their firearms to a home, business or shooting range outside city limits. Richard Wolf, USA TODAY, "New York City limits on transporting guns eased in effort to get Supreme Court challenge dismissed," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of firearm

1643, in the meaning defined above

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21 Jul 2019

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The first known use of firearm was in 1643

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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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