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Other Pistol Definition

[n] a firearm that is held and fired with one hand

Misc. Definitions

\Pis"tol\, n. [F. pistole, pistolet, It. pistola; prob. from a form Pistola, for Pistoja, a town in Italy where pistols were first made. Cf. {Pistole}.] The smallest firearm used, intended to be fired from one hand, -- now of many patterns, and bearing a great variety of names. See Illust. of {Revolver}. {Pistol carbine}, a firearm with a removable but-piece, and thus capable of being used either as a pistol or a carbine. {Pistol pipe} (Metal.), a pipe in which the blast for a furnace is heated, resembling a pistol in form. {Pistol shot}. (a) The discharge of a pistol. (b) The distance to which a pistol can propel a ball.
\Pis"tol\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pistoled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pistoling}.] [Cf. F. pistoler.] To shoot with a pistol. ``To pistol a poacher.'' --Sydney Smith.

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