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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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 Blanc followed Bernard into Martine’s old bedroom and shot him in his neck with a revolver. Linda Trischitta,, "Killer shot father-in-law in back because he couldn't look in his eyes, cops say," 14 June 2018 Authorities said Bailey was shot in the head and chest with a .38-caliber revolver after Mitchell accused her of cheating. Wilborn P. Nobles Iii,, "Ronald Mitchell sentenced to life for killing ex-wife in front of their children," 26 Jan. 2018 Police say he was armed with a shotgun and a revolver that belonged to his father. NBC News, "Thousands attend funeral prayer service for Pakistani girl killed in Texas shooting," 21 May 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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