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Pronunciation

Etymology

Probably from Middle French pistole, plausibly from German Pistole, from Czech pis'tala "firearm", literally "tube, pipe", from pisteti "to whistle", of imitative origin, related to Russian (pischal) "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)'.

Noun

Singular
pistol

Plural
pistols

pistol (plural pistols)

  1. A handgun, typically with a chamber integrated in the barrel, a semi-automatic action and a box magazine.
  2. The mechanical component of a fuse in a bomb or torpedo responsible for firing the detonator
  3. (Shakespeare) a creative and unpredictable jokester, a constant source of entertainment and surprises
  4. (Southern US) A small boy who is bright, alert and very active

Usage notes

Shooters normally differentiate between a pistol and a revolver, which is named after its rotating chamber; however, in common usage, the word pistol is also imprecisely used to refer to any type of handgun.

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Translations

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Verb

Infinitive
to pistol

Third person singular
pistols

Simple past
pistoled

Past participle
pistoled

Present participle
pistoling

to pistol (third-person singular simple present pistols, present participle pistoling, simple past and past participle pistoled)

  1. (transitive) To shoot (at) a target with a pistol

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Indonesian

From ?Dutch

Noun

pistol

  1. A pistol, gun type

Simple English

[[File:|thumb|A pistol.]]

A pistol is a type of gun that is small and can be used with only one hand. Many pistols are used for defending yourself. They are usually smaller and lighter than most guns, like rifles, which makes them useful for hiding and carrying around. They also have shorter barrels.

Pistols usually only fire one shot every time you pull the trigger. Some special pistols, called machine pistols, can fire more than one at a time. Some famous pistols are the Colt M1911 and the Beretta 92.

Pistols were not commonly used in the western United States during the 1800s. The first commercially successful pistol was the Borchardt C-93. Designed in 1893 and became available in 1894.

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