pistol

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Etymology[edit]

Probably from Middle French pistole, plausibly from German Pistole, from Czech píšťala (firearm, literally tube, pipe), from pištěti (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).

Noun[edit]

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. A creative and unpredictable jokester, a constant source of entertainment and surprises.
    • 2011, Diane Lierow, Bernie Lierow, Kay West, Dani's Story: A Journey from Neglect to Love, page 81:
      She was gregarious, opinionated, and in charge, the kind of person you'd describe as a real pistol, and I was immediately drawn to her.
    • February 2012, Thomas Pugsley, Denial (episode) in Young Justice (TV series):
      KENT NELSON —Until my wife Inza convinced me there was more to life. Ah, she was a real pistol, that Inza.
    • 2012, Jimmy Correa, How My Prank Stories in ‘You Tube’ Made Me an Overnight Sensation, iUniverse, page 102:
      She features so many dance tunes and is a pistol with her sharp an witty remarks.
  4. (Southern US) A small boy who is bright, alert and very active.
  5. (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.

Usage notes[edit]

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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Verb[edit]

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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Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French pistole or from German Pistole, either from Italian pistola or from Czech píšťala (whistle).

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  • IPA(key): /pistoːl/, [pʰiˈsd̥oːˀl]

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pistol c (singular definite pistolen, plural indefinite pistoler)

  1. handgun, pistol

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Indonesian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch pistool.

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pistol

  1. a pistol (gun)

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pistol c

  1. a pistol (gun)

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