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 In one instance, the couple allegedly used a white and silver revolver. Lawrence Andrea, The Indianapolis Star, "Indianapolis couple charged with 10 counts of armed robbery," 9 Oct. 2020 According to the new report, DNA testing of McDole's blood was compared to swabs from the grip, trigger and the revolver's bullets. Esteban Parra, USA TODAY, "After another review, no charges in case where police fatally shot Black man in wheelchair," 25 Sep. 2020 Sevilla was arrested more than a month later while carrying a loaded revolver in his front right jean pocket, according to court documents. Madeline Mitchell, The Enquirer, "Bond Hill man 'set up a ruse' on Facebook and then shot a man during supposed gun sale, documents say," 1 Oct. 2020 The man grabbed the woman, held a revolver to her neck and pulled the trigger. Michelle Hunter | Staff Writer,, "Woman killed by boyfriend and man gunned down by deputies in Avondale have been identified," 29 Sep. 2020 The indictment says Swinney used a paintball gun to cause physical injury to people and also pointed a revolver at people. Washington Post, "Who are the Proud Boys, the group Trump told to ‘stand back and stand by’?," 28 Sep. 2020 Some still haven't spent it Details released on man suspected of shooting court officer At least four guns were recovered from the vehicle, including a revolver in the front seat and an AK-47 in the back seat. Madeline Ackley, The Arizona Republic, "Scottsdale man charged with attempted murder in shooting of federal officer in New Mexico," 17 Sep. 2020 Iron Mountain paid down coming bond debt as well as a large chunk of its revolver, Mr. Hytinen said. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "Companies Issue New Bonds to Pay Down Short-Term Debt Amid Pandemic," 2 Sep. 2020 According to Deputy District Attorney Kerry Conway, Meals arranged to buy marijuana, but robbed delivery driver Abouabid and shot him in the head using a revolver. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Not guilty plea from 18-year-old accused of killing marijuana delivery driver during robbery," 31 Aug. 2020

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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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21 Oct 2020

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“Revolver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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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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