Pistol pipe
Pistol Pis"tol, n. [F. pistole, pistolet, It. pistola; prob. from a form Pistola, for Pistoja, a town in Italy where pistols were first made. Cf. {Pistole}.] The smallest firearm used, intended to be fired from one hand, -- now of many patterns, and bearing a great variety of names. See Illust. of {Revolver}. [1913 Webster]

{Pistol carbine}, a firearm with a removable but-piece, and thus capable of being used either as a pistol or a carbine.

{Pistol pipe} (Metal.), a pipe in which the blast for a furnace is heated, resembling a pistol in form.

{Pistol shot}. (a) The discharge of a pistol. (b) The distance to which a pistol can propel a ball. [1913 Webster]


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  • Pistol — Pis tol, n. [F. pistole, pistolet, It. pistola; prob. from a form Pistola, for Pistoja, a town in Italy where pistols were first made. Cf. {Pistole}.] The smallest firearm used, intended to be fired from one hand, now of many patterns, and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pistol carbine — Pistol Pis tol, n. [F. pistole, pistolet, It. pistola; prob. from a form Pistola, for Pistoja, a town in Italy where pistols were first made. Cf. {Pistole}.] The smallest firearm used, intended to be fired from one hand, now of many patterns, and …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pistol shot — Pistol Pis tol, n. [F. pistole, pistolet, It. pistola; prob. from a form Pistola, for Pistoja, a town in Italy where pistols were first made. Cf. {Pistole}.] The smallest firearm used, intended to be fired from one hand, now of many patterns, and …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pistol — (n.) small hand held firearm, c.1570, from M.Fr. pistole short firearm (1566), of uncertain origin, sometimes said to be from Ger. Pistole, from Czech pis tala firearm, lit. tube, pipe, from pisteti to whistle, of imitative origin, related to Rus …   Etymology dictionary

  • pistol — [pis′təl] n. [Fr pistole < Ger < Czech pišt al, pistol, orig., pipe, prob. < pisk, echoic word for a whistling sound] 1. a small firearm made to be held and fired with one hand 2. such a firearm in which the chamber is part of the barrel …   English World dictionary

  • pistol — pistollike, adj. /pis tl/, n., v., pistoled, pistoling or (esp. Brit.) pistolled, pistolling. n. 1. a short firearm intended to be held and fired with one hand. v.t. 2. to shoot with a pistol. [1560 70; < MF pistole < G, earlier pitschal,… …   Universalium

  • pistol — [16] Pistol is one of a very small and select group of words contributed to English by Czech (others are howitzer and robot). It comes via German pistole from Czech pišt’ala, which literally means ‘pipe’ (it is related to Russian pischal… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • pistol — [16] Pistol is one of a very small and select group of words contributed to English by Czech (others are howitzer and robot). It comes via German pistole from Czech pišt’ala, which literally means ‘pipe’ (it is related to Russian pischal… …   Word origins

  • Pistol — This surname derives from the Old French Pestel , itself a derivative of the Latin Pestillum , translating as to crush or grind . The surname is an English medieval metonymic for a user of a Pestel i.e., a herbalist or early chemist. The modern… …   Surnames reference

  • pistol — noun Etymology: Middle French pistole, from German, from Middle High German pischulle, from Czech píšt ala, literally, pipe, fife; akin to Czech pištět to squeak Date: circa 1570 1. a handgun whose chamber is integral with the barrel; broadly… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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