re·​volv·​er | \ ri-ˈväl-vər How to pronounce revolver (audio) , -ˈvȯl- also -ˈvä-vər or -ˈvȯ-vər\

Definition of revolver

1 : one that revolves
2 : a handgun with a cylinder of several chambers brought successively into line with the barrel and discharged with the same hammer

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The officer allegedly found a shotgun, two pistols, a revolver, two long guns and ammunition in the back of the truck, according to the complaint. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "'I think I'm going to kill the president,' Utah man allegedly told police after 6 guns found in car: reports," 6 Sep. 2018 Sirhan, a 24-year-old Palestinian immigrant, was apprehended immediately after the shooting when he was wrestled to the ground with a .22-caliber revolver in his hand. Michael Levenson,, "RFK’s children divided over calls for a fresh investigation of his assassination," 31 May 2018 The state Department of Justice cited one of the plaintiffs, Ten Percent Firearms, for a metal sign shaped like a revolver in the store's parking lot that an inspector spotted in 2010, according to Nunley's ruling. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Judge strikes down 'highly paternalistic' California law banning handgun ads, slams state's 'distrust' of gun buyers," 12 Sep. 2018 The revolver and the pistol, both of which Blessing said she had not used since the 1970s, were found in the bedroom. Kristine Phillips, Washington Post, "Her son talked about placing her in an assisted living facility. She then killed him, police say.," 5 July 2018 Luna said a revolver was recovered after Kim was taken into custody Monday morning. Christopher Weber, The Seattle Times, "Long Beach fire captain fatally shot at retirement-home blaze," 26 June 2018 And what became of the Guiteau’s museum-quality revolver? Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Why Doesn’t Garfield Assassination Site on the National Mall Have a Marker?," 25 Jan. 2018 The police chief said a revolver was found after Kim was arrested. CBS News, "Long Beach, Calif. man, 77, set blaze to lure firefighters, shot one dead, police say," 26 June 2018 The senator was leaving an event in the hotel's ballroom, when a 24-year-old man confronted him with a revolver. Rose Minutaglio, Town & Country, "Kick Kennedy Pens Emotional 'Happy Birthday' Instagram Tribute to Her Grandfather Robert F. Kennedy," 21 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of revolver

circa 1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of revolver

: a small gun with a container for bullets that turns after the gun is fired and puts another bullet into position to be fired next


re·​volv·​er | \ ri-ˈväl-vər How to pronounce revolver (audio) , -ˈvȯl-\

Kids Definition of revolver

: a pistol having a revolving cylinder holding several bullets all of which may be shot without loading again

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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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