from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The grip of a pistol, shaped to fit the hand.
  • noun A similar grip sometimes used on a submachine gun or other firearm.
  • noun A grip used on certain tools, such as a saw, shaped to fit the hand.

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  • noun The grip by which a pistol is held in the hand
  • noun A similarly shaped grip on any of several firearms, swords and tools

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a handle (as of a gun or saw) shaped like the butt of a pistol


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