Very pistol
Very's night signals Ver"y's night signals, or Very night signals Ver"y night signals . [After Lieut. Samuel W. Very, who invented the system in 1877.] (Naut.) A system of signaling in which balls of red and green fire are fired from a pistol, the arrangement in groups denoting numbers having a code significance. The pistol used to fire the signal flare is called a

{Very pistol}. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Very pistol — noun Date: 1915 a pistol for firing Very lights …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Very pistol — noun (C) the gun from which a Very light is shot …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Very pistol — n. a gun for firing a Very light …   Useful english dictionary

  • Very night signals — Very s night signals Ver y s night signals, or Very night signals Ver y night signals . [After Lieut. Samuel W. Very, who invented the system in 1877.] (Naut.) A system of signaling in which balls of red and green fire are fired from a pistol,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Very's night signals — Ver y s night signals, or Very night signals Ver y night signals . [After Lieut. Samuel W. Very, who invented the system in 1877.] (Naut.) A system of signaling in which balls of red and green fire are fired from a pistol, the arrangement in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Very flare — Very flares (named after E. W. Very, 1847 ndash;1907, US inventor) were signal flares, fired from a pistol, used during World War I and World War II (and still used today). They were produced in three color variants: green, red, and white star .… …   Wikipedia

  • Very signal — or Very light [ver′ē, vir′ē] n. 〚after E. W. Very (1847 1910), U.S. ordnance expert, who invented it〛 a colored flare fired from a special pistol (Very pistol) for signaling at night * * * …   Universalium

  • Very signal — or Very light [ver′ē, vir′ē] n. [after E. W. Very (1847 1910), U.S. ordnance expert, who invented it] a colored flare fired from a special pistol (Very pistol) for signaling at night …   English World dictionary

  • Very lights — /ver ee/ a variety of colored signal flares, fired from a special pistol (Very pistol). [1910 15; after E. W. Very (1847 1907), U.S. inventor] * * * …   Universalium

  • Very light — /ˈvɛri laɪt/ (say veree luyt), /ˈvɪəri/ (say vearree) noun a small coloured flare which is fired from a special pistol (Very pistol) for the purposes of illumination or signalling. {named after EW Very, 1847–1907, US inventor} …   Australian English dictionary

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