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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Their signature tattoo was a skeleton holding a revolver. Joel Rubin,, "After decades of problems, new allegations surface of a secret clique within L.A. County Sheriff's Department," 10 July 2018 Russian roulette is a deadly game where participants load one bullet into the chamber of a revolver, spin the cylinder and then point the gun at their head and pull the trigger. Gabby Ferreira, sacbee, "'Bro, I just caught a body.' Teens arrested in suspected Russian roulette shooting death," 14 June 2018 Soon reports of revolvers cracked down the main street and bullets richochetted from a cement curbing or plowed into a telephone pole., "June 13, 1932: Gunfight in Carlsbad," 13 June 2018 The 44-year-old victim was sleeping in his car when he was awakened by a group of juveniles, one armed with a black revolver, police said. Marie Simoneaux,, "Teen accused of shooting sleeping man in Little Woods: warrant," 1 June 2018 Inside, federal agents found 32 firearms, including shotguns, rifles, pistols and revolvers; about 10,000 rounds of ammunition; two rocket launchers; and explosive materials and devices, according to the federal affidavit. Ruben Vives,, "Fontana man sent to prison for posing as an immigration officer," 26 May 2018 Rivera sold the witness a Luger style .9mm pistol and a second .22 caliber revolver, plus more ammunition, during a meeting on Feb. 28, 2017 on Washburn Street in Worcester, records show. Travis Andersen,, "He sold guns and talked about ‘crazy brown’ heroin; now he’s serving a 42-month sentence," 9 May 2018 Just outside the city limits, Walter Lamon sells guns at Culverine Firearms, where photos of soldiers adorn a store packed with boxes of Smith & Wesson revolvers. Time, "One Town Makes — and Hates — Guns Like No Other Place in the U.S.," 9 Mar. 2018 Just outside the city limits, Walter Lamon sells guns at Culverine Firearms, where photos of soldiers adorn a store packed with boxes of Smith & Wesson revolvers., "The Capital of America’s Gun Industry Hates Guns," 9 Mar. 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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