pistol

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A handheld firearm that holds up to 14 rounds of ammunition

pistol

Public health A handheld firearm that holds up to 14 rounds of ammunition. See Ballistics. Cf Assault weapon, Shotgun.

pistol

a weapon for delivery of a missile; usually a weapon to fire a bullet, used in euthanasia.

balling pistol
a device shaped like a pistol but loaded with a medicinal bolus which is fired into the pharynx of a horse by the operation of a spring loaded piston.
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How imprudent," said Chateau-Renaud, "to come on horseback to fight a duel with pistols, after all the instructions I had given him.
Porthos understood him and he and the lieutenant each drew with the left hand a pistol from their bolsters and cocked it in their turn.
And he stood with his back to the window, his pistols raised, and his head carried proudly - happily - like a man whose self-respect was coming back to him after many days.
The bullet last and the powder first, not the other way, or the pistol won't shoot.
Fouquet hurled far from him, into the river, the two pistols D'Artagnan might have seized, and dismounting from his horse - "I am your prisoner, monsieur," said he; "will you take my arm, for I see you are ready to faint?
He took the pistol in his hand and began asking about the working of the trigger, as he had not before held a pistol in his hand- a fact that he did not to confess.
I did not have to look at it to know that it was a heavy pistol.
D'Arnot and Monsieur Flaubert had examined both pistols.
Riach cried; and then to me: "Hark ye, David," he said, "do ye ken where the pistols are?
A severe conflict ensued, during which two pistols were fired by Gillespie and one by Loose.
murmured Sikes, trembling with rage, and drawing the pistol from his pocket; 'Get up, or I'll strew your brains upon the grass.
The first that came up stopped short upon my drawing my sword, for they are arrant cowards; but a second, coming upon my left, gave me a blow on the head, which I never felt till afterwards, and wondered, when I came to myself, what was the matter, and where I was, for he laid me flat on the ground; but my never-failing old pilot, the Portuguese, had a pistol in his pocket, which I knew nothing of, nor the Tartars either: if they had, I suppose they would not have attacked us, for cowards are always boldest when there is no danger.