re·​volv·​er | \ri-ˈväl-vər, -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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Its original caption: Sighting along the barrel of a Civil War Savage Navy revolver is Miss Diane Gash, 17 years old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard W. Gash, 1416 Northern boulevard, Independence. kansascity, "A Kansas City Museum clerk examines a Civil War-era revolver," 20 June 2018 Police recovered marijuana, crack cocaine, heroin, Ecstasy, Adderall, Xanax, cash, ammunition and a loaded .22 caliber revolver, according to the statement. Frank Abderholden, Lake County News-Sun, "2 charged after drugs and gun seized from Zion home, police say," 11 June 2018 The armed man, who carried a black revolver, then drove off in the victim's Cadillac, heading eastbound on Florida Avenue toward Elysian Fields Avenue. Laura Mcknight,, "Man sought in armed carjacking on Agriculture Street: NOPD," 5 June 2018 With a revolver reportedly placed on the desk between them, Ohst explained that effective immediately the entirety of the Mosse family’s assets would be signed over to a fund benefiting veterans of the First World War. Berthold Steinhilber, Smithsonian, "The Lost Maidens of Berlin," 24 May 2018 Pagourtzis cradled the shotgun in one hand and lifted a .38 revolver with the other. Bob Ortega, CNN, "Santa Fe shooting survivor at vigil: 'All that was going through my head was to get out'," 19 May 2018 On May 18th a student at Santa Fe High School in Texas killed ten of his peers and wounded 13 with a shotgun and a revolver. The Economist, "Can school design help prevent school shootings?," 28 June 2018 The man, later identified as Julius Johnson, said the weapon was a silver .38-caliber revolver, reports Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "He went to talk to his ex about a daycare bill. Things took a violent turn, cops say.," 27 June 2018 Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputies said 33-year-old Matthew Goff and 32-year-old Adam Brock entered a home in the rural community around 12:30 a.m. Sunday armed with a shotgun and revolver. Bayan Wang, azcentral, "Officials: Yavapai County residents turn the tables on two home invaders," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of revolver

circa 1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of revolver was circa 1835

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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, -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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