pistol

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English[edit]

A pistol formation.

Etymology[edit]

Probably from Middle French pistole, which probably via Middle High German forms like pischulle from Czech píšťala (firearm, literally tube, pipe), from Proto-Slavic *piščalь, from *piskati, *piščati (to squeak, whistle), from Proto-Balto-Slavic *pīṣk-.

Alternatively, from Middle English pistolet, from Middle French pistolet (small firearm or small dagger).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈpɪstəl/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪstəl

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 and witty remarks.
  4. (Southern US) A small boy who is bright, alert and very active.
  5. (American football) An offensive formation in which the quarterback receives the snap at a distance behind the center, but closer than in a shotgun formation, with a running back lined up 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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Translations[edit]

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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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Cebuano[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A minced oath of pisti.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: pis‧tol

Interjection[edit]

pistol

  1. expressing anger, surprise, excitement, etc.

Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French pistole or from German Pistole, either from Italian pistola or from Czech píšťala (whistle), from Proto-Slavic *piščalь, from *piskati, *piščati (to squeak, whistle), from Proto-Balto-Slavic *pīṣk-.

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Noun[edit]

pistol c (singular definite pistolen, plural indefinite pistoler)

  1. handgun, pistol

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Indonesian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch pistool. Ultimately from Czech píšťala (whistle), from Proto-Slavic *piščalь, from *piskati, *piščati (to squeak, whistle), from Proto-Balto-Slavic *pīṣk-.

Noun[edit]

pistol (plural, first-person possessive pistolku, second-person possessive pistolmu, third-person possessive pistolnya)

  1. a pistol (gun)

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Norwegian Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia no

Etymology[edit]

From Czech píšťala (whistle, because of the shape), via German Pistole

Noun[edit]

pistol m (definite singular pistolen, indefinite plural pistoler, definite plural pistolene)

  1. a pistol (firearm)
    • 2012, Tatiana de Rosnay, Kirsti Overgaard, transl., Saras nøkkel [Sarah's Key]‎[1]:
      Langs veggene sto politimenn med dystre ansikter, truende, med hendene på pistolene sine. Along the walls policemen stood menacingly with sombre faces, and with hands on their pistols.
      (please add an English translation of this quote)

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Norwegian Nynorsk Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia nn

Etymology[edit]

From Czech píšťala (whistle), via German Pistole

Noun[edit]

pistol m (definite singular pistolen, indefinite plural pistolar, definite plural pistolane)

  1. a pistol (firearm)

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Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ultimately from Czech píšťala (whistle), from Proto-Slavic *piščalь, from *piskati, *piščati (to squeak, whistle), from Proto-Balto-Slavic *pīṣk-.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

pistol c

  1. a pistol (gun)

Declension[edit]

Declension of pistol 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative pistol pistolen pistoler pistolerna
Genitive pistols pistolens pistolers pistolernas

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