re·​volv·​er ri-ˈväl-vər How to pronounce revolver (audio)
 also  -ˈvä-vər,
 or  -ˈvȯ-vər
: one that revolves
: 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 And he is charged with knowingly possessing the revolver despite the restrictions against people addicted to drugs owning firearms. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, 9 May 2024 There was no money in it, but a loaded revolver was stashed inside under a stack of papers. Jeffery C. Mays, New York Times, 4 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for revolver 

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Word History


revolve + -er entry 2

First Known Use

circa 1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of revolver was circa 1835

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Cite this Entry

“Revolver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


re·​volv·​er ri-ˈväl-vər How to pronounce revolver (audio)
: a handgun having a revolving cylinder holding several bullets all of which may be shot without loading again
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