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 The man denied knowing anything about the revolver. Bob Sandrick, cleveland, "Man makes advances, hides revolver in woman’s apartment; shoplifter steals lunch meat and runs: Brook Park Police Blotter," 1 May 2020 The answer to the problem was the Velo Dog revolver. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "Six of the Strangest Guns Ever Made," 18 Mar. 2020 Investigators never found the .44-caliber revolver used to shoot Hopkins and Belisle. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Man again receives life sentences in double murder at Kodiak Coast Guard site," 8 Jan. 2020 In November, Hart pleaded no contest to third-degree assault and being a felon in possession of a firearm, for possessing the revolver. oregonlive, "Man who used pellet rifle to randomly shoot 11-year-old boy climbing a tree, Gresham cop, gets 3.5 years in prison," 14 Dec. 2019 At least one of the rounds from the small caliber revolver struck the 14-year-old, and a knife was later found at the scene of the shooting. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "Homeowner shot a 14-year-old during burglary attempt. The 5 other teens with him were charged with murder," 14 Aug. 2019 Campbell was arrested last April across the street from Valley High School, 10200 Dixie Highway, with a loaded revolver and 50-round box of ammunition in his pockets, according to police. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Ex-Valley High School student sentenced to 6 years in prison over gun incident," 3 Mar. 2020 The lock box was opened, revealing a revolver and a semi-automatic handgun, both unloaded with the serial number on one of the guns scratched off and illegible, according to the statement. Bob Blubaugh,, "Westminster man arrested on firearms charges after traffic stop," 4 Sep. 2019 Officers searched Workman’s vehicle and found a large-caliber revolver and a homemade ski mask, police said. Adrian Rodriguez, The Mercury News, "Police arrest armed Bay Area burglary suspect after freeway chase," 30 June 2019

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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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20 May 2020

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“Revolver.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 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


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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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