from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A weapon, especially a pistol or rifle, capable of firing a projectile and using an explosive charge as a propellant.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A personal weapon that uses explosive powder to propel a metal (usually lead) projectile.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A gun, pistol, or any weapon from which a shot is discharged by the force of an explosive substance, as gunpowder.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A weapon from which a missile, such as a bullet, cannon-ball, shell, etc., is expelled by the combustion of gunpowder or other similar explosive. Pistols, muskets, cannon, etc., are firearms.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a portable gun
fire + arm. (Wiktionary)