pistol

noun
pis·​tol | \ ˈpi-stᵊl How to pronounce pistol (audio) \

Definition of pistol

1 : a handgun whose chamber is integral with the barrel broadly : handgun
2 : a notably sharp, spirited, or energetic person

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Other Words from pistol

pistol transitive verb

Examples of pistol in a Sentence

a real pistol, she dances rings around the other performers
Recent Examples on the Web During his arrest, the police recovered five pistols and 20 cartridges from Sirohi, The Wire reported. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "India decongests its jails to check coronavirus but political prisoners are still locked up," 13 May 2020 As the troops arrived at the top of Blanket Hill, according to the KSU narrative, 28 of the more than 70 Guardsmen turned suddenly and fired their rifles and pistols — into the air, the ground and the students. Brian Albrecht, cleveland, "“I saw the muzzle flashes. ‘Oh, my god.’ ” — Couple implored students to avoid Kent State protest, then watched shootings in horror," 3 May 2020 Authorities found three rifles and a pistol in the car as well as a small canister of marijuana and a vial of THC oil. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Suspected neo-Nazi sentenced to 2 1/2 years in gun case," 30 Apr. 2020 Such shootings in Lebanon, where many people keep rifles or pistols in their homes, are rare. Washington Post, "World Digest: April 21, 2020," 21 Apr. 2020 The rifle and pistol ranges at Ben Avery are still open to law enforcement officers and user groups, which have mandated insurance and use ranges for firearms training and education. USA TODAY, "Ballet for seniors, Dr. Fauci bobblehead, Patriots’ plane ferries N95 masks: News from around our 50 states," 3 Apr. 2020 The rifle and pistol ranges at Ben Avery are still open to law enforcement officers and user groups, which have mandated insurance and use ranges for firearms training and education. Joshua Bowling, azcentral, "Ben Avery shooting range closes to public due to COVID-19 panedmic, private ranges still open," 2 Apr. 2020 In the East Bay, cases included a man whose psychiatrist called Hayward police in July concerned the patient was hearing voices and had guns, prompting authorities to seize a rifle and pistol from him last month. John Woolfolk, The Mercury News, "How California’s ‘red flag’ law thwarted gun threats at Sunnyvale Ford, Netflix, and Palo Alto City Hall," 15 Sep. 2019 In his first season at center, Skura struggled at times with facets both physical (ceding ground to stronger defensive tackles) and technical (poor shotgun and pistol snaps to Lamar Jackson). Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens 2019 training camp preview: Offensive line," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of pistol

circa 1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pistol

Middle French pistole, from German, from Middle High German pischulle, from Czech píšt'ala, literally, pipe, fife; akin to Czech pištět to squeak

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The first known use of pistol was circa 1560

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Last Updated

6 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Pistol.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pistol. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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pistol

noun
How to pronounce pistol (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of pistol

: a small gun made to be aimed and fired with one hand
US, informal : a person who has a lot of energy and spirit

pistol

noun
pis·​tol | \ ˈpi-stᵊl How to pronounce pistol (audio) \

Kids Definition of pistol

: a small gun made to be aimed and fired with one hand

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