from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The shot from a pistol, or the report from the firing of a pistol.
  • n. As an estimate of distance, the range, or the approximate range, of a pistol-ball.
  • n. One who shoots with a pistol; a marksman with the pistol: as, a good pistol-shot.


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  • But a scurry of moccasins and loud cries, rounded off with a pistol-shot, interrupted the discussion.

    The Men of Forty Mile

  • Also, he was assisted by a thick leather belt, three inches wide and a yard in length, with which he always rode and which, on occasion, could come down on the naked back of a stooping coolie with a report like a pistol-shot.


  • That diabolical thing cut through the air with a noise like a steam whistle, so fast that you couldn't see it; there was a crack like a pistol-shot, a fearful, choked scream of agony, and then the Cossack was snaking it back for another blow.

    The Sky Writer

  • This was especially the case where three or four of them stretched their arms over a deep gully, through which winded the horse-path to Shaws – Castle, at a point about a pistol-shot distant from the Buck-stane.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • At last, he had grown impatient, and, sure that there was a nest there, sure of being in “luck,” having recognized many of the ruffians who had entered, he had finally decided to go upstairs without waiting for the pistol-shot.

    Les Miserables

  • Darsie started in his saddle, as if he had received a pistol-shot.


  • They had not proceeded a pistol-shot from the place where they parted, when a short turning brought them in front of an old mouldering gateway, whose heavy pinnacles were decorated in the style of the seventeenth century, with clumsy architectural ornaments; several of which had fallen down from decay, and lay scattered about, no further care having been taken than just to remove them out of the direct approach to the avenue.


  • I bent down and was all too aware of the pistol-shot cracking of my joints.

    Black Butterfly

  • “Ay, ay, sir!” and on they went, closing fast with the Spaniard, till within a pistol-shot.

    Westward Ho!

  • The first sight of you went to her heart like a pistol-shot, Florine has gone to her dressing-room to bring the girl to reason.

    A Distinguished Provincial at Paris


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