American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A firearm designed to be held and fired with one hand.
- v. To shoot with such a handgun.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A firearm intended to be held in one hand when aimed and fired. It came into use early in the sixteenth century, perhaps as early as l500, for by 1520 it was common as a weapon of the reiters or German mercenary cavalry, who were called
pistoleersfrom its use. The early pistol was fitted with the wheel-lock, which was superseded by the flint-lock, and the latter by the percussion-lock. Pistols with more than one barrel have been in use from the introduction of the weapon, those with two having the barrels sometimes side by side, sometimes one over the other. The stock of the pistol has been made of many forms, the old cavalry pistol having it only slightly curved, so that it was held, when pointed at an object, by the right hand, with the lock uppermost, the barrel to the left, the trigger to the right. When accnrate aiming was required, as in dueling-pistols, the handle was made much more curved. See revolver.
- To shoot with a pistol.
- n. A handgun, typically with a chamber integrated in the barrel, a semi-automatic action and a box magazine.
- n. The mechanical component of a fuse in a bomb or torpedo responsible for firing the detonator.
- n. Shakespeare A creative and unpredictable jokester, a constant source of entertainment and surprises.
- n. southern US A small boy who is bright, alert and very active.
- n. American football A play formation in which the quarterback is a few feet behind the center when the ball is snapped, but closer than in a shotgun formation, with a running back a few feet behind him.
- v. transitive To shoot (at) a target with a pistol.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The smallest firearm used, intended to be fired from one hand, -- now of many patterns, and bearing a great variety of names. See
- v. To shoot with a pistol.
- n. a firearm that is held and fired with one hand
- Probably from Middle French pistole, plausibly from German Pistole, from Czech píšťala ("firearm", literally "tube, pipe"), from pištěti ("to whistle"), of imitative origin, related to Russian пищаль (piščál’, "shepherd's pipe; harquebus"). Perhaps, however, from Middle English pistolet, from Middle French ("small firearm or small dagger"), which may be from Italian pistolese ("from Pistoia (a city in Tuscany)"). (Wiktionary)
- French pistole, from German, from Middle High German pischulle, from Czech píšt'ala, pipe, whistle, firearm, from pištěti, to whistle, of imitative origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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Very basic words for ESL students.
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