Pistol definition

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(slang) A remarkable or unusual person, esp. one characterized by eccentric or impetuous behavior.
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(slang) A rowdy or rambunctious person, especially a child.
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A handgun, especially one that is not a revolver.
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To shoot with a pistol.
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A handgun, especially one that is not a revolver.
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(slang) A rowdy or rambunctious person, especially a child.
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To shoot with a pistol.
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A small firearm made to be held and fired with one hand.
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Such a firearm in which the chamber is part of the barrel.
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A creative and unpredictable jokester, a constant source of entertainment and surprises.
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(southern US) A small boy who is bright, alert and very active.
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The definition of a pistol is a small gun or firearm you can hold in one hand, or is slang for a remarkable person.

A small 9 mm gun is an example of a pistol.

A 100-year old man who loves to tell jokes is an example of a pistol.

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(track & field) A similar device used to start a race or to signal the beginning of the gun lap: it makes a loud sound but does not fire a projectile.
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To shoot with a pistol.
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The mechanical component of a fuse in a bomb or torpedo responsible for firing the detonator.
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(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.
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To shoot (at) a target with a pistol.
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A handgun, typically with a chamber integrated in the barrel, a semi-automatic action and a box magazine.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
pistol
Plural:
pistols

Origin of pistol

  • French pistole from German from Middle High German pischulle from Czech píšt'ala pipe, whistle, firearm from pištěti to whistle of imitative origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • French pistole from German from Middle High German pischulle from Czech píšt'ala pipe, whistle, firearm from pištěti to whistle of imitative origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Probably from Middle French pistole, plausibly from German Pistole, from Czech píšťala (“firearm", literally “tube, pipe"), from piÅ¡tÄ›ti (“to whistle"), of imitative origin, related to Russian пищаль (piščál', “shepherd's pipe; harquebus"). Perhaps, however, from Middle English pistolet, from Middle French pistolet (“small firearm or small dagger"), which may be from Italian pistolese, from Pistoia (a city in Tuscany).

    From Wiktionary