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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After getting a search warrant, officers found a revolver, shotgun and semi-automatic rifle, as well as numerous rounds of ammunition in Lovera’s house, police said. Jennifer Johnson,, "Niles police say man charged with child endangerment, reckless conduct," 23 July 2019 As the president was walking to his limousine at 2:27 p.m. from the side entrance on Connecticut Avenue, John Hinckley Jr., 25, who was armed with a .22 caliber revolver, began shooting. Deb Kiner |,, "Ronald Reagan was shot on this day in 1981; see the photos," 30 Mar. 2019 Jonathan Messare, 40, faces new charges of unlawful possession of a firearm after officers seized an AR-15, a shotgun, a semi-automatic handgun and a .38-caliber revolver from his residence, police said., "Man accused of stabbing police officer in SE Portland arrested again, months later, in Tillamook," 12 July 2019 The shooter, a junior at the school, was armed with his father's shotgun and .38-caliber revolver. Dallas News, "NRA celebrates 'highly successful' year in Texas as new gun bills signed into law," 17 June 2019 Randy Shell takes the revolver from Marcus and fires the remaining rounds into the body. CBS News, ""To the families we owe justice": Inside NCIS' relentless quest to solve two cold case murders of Navy dependents," 3 July 2019 The man picked up the revolver and started spinning the cylinder. Bob Sandrick,, "Man accidentally shoots himself on Darke Boulevard; two men caught trespassing on construction site: Brook Park Police Blotter," 21 June 2019 An individual buyer whose name was not released bought the 7mm pocket revolver for 130,000 euros plus taxes on Wednesday., "US CEO hands Oxford University $189 million for AI studies," 20 June 2019 According to Vera, the men pilfered credit cards, a GPS, a cell phone, and a .38 special revolver from the homeowner's car before speeding away. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "WATCH: Terrifying Video Captures Armed Burglars Creeping Around Sleeping Kids," 25 Oct. 2016

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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 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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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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