AskDefine | Define pistol

Dictionary Definition

pistol n : a firearm that is held and fired with one hand [syn: handgun, side arm, shooting iron] [also: pistolling, pistolled]

User Contributed Dictionary




pistol (plural: pistols)
  1. A handgun, typically with 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. (Shakespeare) a creative and unpredictable jokester, a constant source of entertainment and surprises
  4. (Southern US) a small boy who is bright, alert, and very active


Usage notes

Shooters normally differentiate between a pistol and a revolver, however, in common usage, the word pistol is used to refer to any type of handgun.



  1. See English pistol above.

Extensive Definition

pistol in Arabic: مسدس
pistol in Bulgarian: Пистолет
pistol in Catalan: Pistola
pistol in Czech: Pistole
pistol in Danish: Pistol
pistol in German: Kurzwaffe
pistol in Spanish: Pistola
pistol in Esperanto: Pistolo
pistol in Persian: سلاح کمری
pistol in French: Pistolet
pistol in Korean: 권총
pistol in Indonesian: Pistol
pistol in Icelandic: Skammbyssa
pistol in Italian: Pistola
pistol in Hebrew: אקדח
pistol in Luxembourgish: Pistoul
pistol in Lithuanian: Pistoletas
pistol in Dutch: Pistool
pistol in Japanese: 拳銃
pistol in Norwegian: Pistol
pistol in Norwegian Nynorsk: Pistol
pistol in Uzbek: To‘pponcha
pistol in Polish: Pistolet
pistol in Portuguese: Pistola
pistol in Russian: Пистолет
pistol in Simple English: Pistol
pistol in Slovak: Pištoľ
pistol in Slovenian: Pištola
pistol in Serbo-Croatian: Pištolj
pistol in Finnish: Pistooli
pistol in Swedish: Pistol
pistol in Thai: ปืนสั้น
pistol in Vietnamese: Súng ngắn
pistol in Turkish: Tabanca
pistol in Ukrainian: Пістоль
pistol in Chinese: 手枪

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

automatic, blow to pieces, blow up, blowgun, blowpipe, brain, bring down, burn to death, charge, cock, cut down, cut to pieces, deal a deathblow, detonate, discharge, disintegrate, drop, eject, fell, fire, fire off, firearm, flamethrower, frag, gat, give the quietus, gun, gun down, gun for, handgun, heater, hit, incinerate, jugulate, lapidate, lay low, let fly, let off, load, musket, peashooter, pelt, pepper, pick off, piece, plug, poleax, pot, potshoot, potshot, prime, repeater, revolver, riddle, rifle, rod, sawed-off shotgun, shoot, shoot at, shoot down, shoot to death, shooting iron, shotgun, silence, six-gun, six-shooter, snipe, stab to death, stone, stone to death, strike, strike dead, take a potshot, torpedo, vaporize
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