American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A low-powered rifle, such as a BB gun, that uses compressed air or gas to fire small pellets.
- n. A rifle that propels a pellet or other projectile by using compressed gas, rather than an explosion of gunpowder or other means.
- n. a gun that propels a projectile by compressed air
“I swallowed and stood, and Everson and I began running toward the river, our footfalls sounding like air rifle shots.”
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