Part of speech: noun

A small fire arm to be used with one hand.

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Usage examples "pistol":

  1. Her hand went to her side- but the pistol was not there! - "A Son of the Hills", Harriet T. Comstock.
  2. That was the way all the Aubignys fell in love, as if struck by a pistol shot. - "The Awakening and Selected Short Stories", Kate Chopin.
  3. But Renwick still held the pistol pointed in his neighbor's direction. - "The Secret Witness", George Gibbs.