Part of speech: noun

A weapon from which a missile is hurled, as by gunpowder.

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Usage examples "firearm":

  1. He dropped the firearm into one of the pockets of his coat, and smiled as he felt how comfortably it balanced the bottle he carried in the other. - "Sant' Ilario", F. Marion Crawford.
  2. Suddenly there came to her ears the distant report of a firearm, the rush of feet and then something heavy crashed against the little door. - "Castle Craneycrow", George Barr McCutcheon.
  3. The firearm was trained in the general direction of Bull's stomach. - "The Heart of the Range", William Patterson White.