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pistol

pis·tol

pistol

 
pronunciation:
pI stl
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition: a firearm made to be held and fired with one hand.
 
synonyms:
handgun
similar words:
arm, firearm, gun, heater, piece, revolver, rod
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: pistoled, pistoling, pistols
definition: to shoot by using a pistol.
similar words:
discharge, fire, shoot
Homophone Note
The words pistol and pistil sound alike but have different meanings. To learn why a bank robber would never try to hold up a bank using a pistil, look up pistil.
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