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Meaning of PISTOL

Pronunciation:  'pistl

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

PISTOL is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: handgun, shooting iron, side arm
 See Also: automatic, automatic pistol, derringer, firearm, forty-five, gat, gunstock, horse pistol, horse-pistol, peacekeeper, piece, revolver, rod, Saturday night special, semiautomatic, semiautomatic pistol, six-gun, six-shooter, small-arm, stock, Verey pistol, Very pistol, zip gun



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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
    {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.
  2. \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
Computing Dictionary

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Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are aiming a pistol indicates that you are trying to target a specific goal. However, if the overtones of the dream is that of fear, anger and aggression, then the pistol means power by which you need to defend yourself against the fear and anger.
Thesaurus Terms
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