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

Examples of revolver in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Christian wanted to look at the revolver that Angel had purchased a few months earlier. oregonlive, 9 Oct. 2021 According to court testimony, Nash had a fancy for young girls, whips and a game with a revolver called Russian roulette. Mike Sager, Rolling Stone, 17 Sep. 2021 His spray of bullets — six shots from a .22-caliber revolver — also hit White House press secretary James S. Brady, leaving him partially paralyzed, and injured U.S. Secret Service agent Tim McCarthy and D.C. police officer Thomas Delahanty. Washington Post, 4 Aug. 2021 Davis was arrested in November 2018 and police found a revolver and shotgun in his apartment, the agreement reads. Phil Davis,, 2 Aug. 2021 This time, however, a revolver in one of the gorilla's hands fires a few rounds, with sound effects and splashes of water simulating a bullet cutting through the surface. Joey Nolfi,, 13 July 2021 In a mid-March 2012 incident at their home, Tessa Kelley watched her husband slide a single bullet into a .38-caliber revolver and put the gun to his head, pulling the trigger three times. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, 7 July 2021 President Lincoln saluted this service with the gift of a ceremonial Colt revolver, before dispatching Maj. Michael Medved, WSJ, 18 June 2021 Lowes was shot five times with Hornady Critical Duty .357 or 9 mm ammunition from a revolver, according to prosecutors. oregonlive, 5 June 2021

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First Known Use of revolver

circa 1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for revolver

revolve + -er entry 2

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The first known use of revolver was circa 1835

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10 Oct 2021

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“Revolver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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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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