• The hussar points his pistol at the mysterious women
    The hussar points his pistol at the mysterious women
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pistol a firearm that is held and fired with one hand
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Automatic pistols Automatic pistols

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When the First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, received an alarming number of threatening letters, soon after her husband became President at the height of the Depression, the Secret Service insisted that she carry a pistol in her purse
    • n Pistol 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.
    • v. t Pistol To shoot with a pistol. "To pistol a poacher."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Minors in Kansas City, Missouri, are not allowed to purchase cap pistols; they may buy shotguns freely, however.
    • n pistol A firearm intended to be held in one hand when aimed and fired. It came into use early in the sixteenth century, perhaps as early as l500, for by 1520 it was common as a weapon of the reiters or German mercenary cavalry, who were called pistoleers from its use. The early pistol was fitted with the wheel-lock, which was superseded by the flint-lock, and the latter by the percussion-lock. Pistols with more than one barrel have been in use from the introduction of the weapon, those with two having the barrels sometimes side by side, sometimes one over the other. The stock of the pistol has been made of many forms, the old cavalry pistol having it only slightly curved, so that it was held, when pointed at an object, by the right hand, with the lock uppermost, the barrel to the left, the trigger to the right. When accnrate aiming was required, as in dueling-pistols, the handle was made much more curved. See revolver.
    • pistol To shoot with a pistol.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pistol pis′tol a small hand-gun, held in one hand when fired
    • v.t Pistol to shoot with a pistol
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  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “There is no arguing with him, for if his pistol misses fire, he knocks you down with the butt end of it.”
  • J. G. Ballard
    “I thought it was a wonderfully conceptual act actually, to fire a replica pistol at a figurehead -- the guy could have been working for Andy Warhol!”
  • Thomas Carlyle
    “It is a strange trade that of advocacy. Your intellect, your highest heavenly gift is hung up in the shop window like a loaded pistol for sale.”
  • Charles Lamb
    “A pun is not bound by the laws which limit nicer wit. It is a pistol let off at the ear; not a feather to tickle the intellect.”
  • William Gilmore Simms
    William Gilmore Simms
    “The proverb answers where the sermon fails, as a well-charged pistol will do more execution than a whole barrel of gunpowder idly exploded in the air.”
  • Jean-Paul Sartre
    “Words are loaded pistols.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. pistole, pistolet, It. pistola,; prob. from a form Pistola, for Pistoja, a town in Italy where pistols were first made. Cf. Pistole


In literature:

What a gay velvet sling, hung with three silver-mounted pistols!
"Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates" by Howard I. Pyle
He knew it was a pistol and he released his hold and stepped back.
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
Near them Dick with his pistol.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
In the first place the only target anyone in the combat had was the flash of an opponent's pistol.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks" by H. Irving Hancock
I believe I should have been more collected in going up to the muzzle of an antagonist's pistol!
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
He felt himself covered by his pistol, and did not dare to move.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
As she made no reply, he went over and picked up the knife and the pistol.
"The Dark Star" by Robert W. Chambers
One was riding up and telling him to give up his pistol.
"Red Men and White" by Owen Wister
He had a loaded pistol in his pocket.
"Dave Porter in the Far North" by Edward Stratemeyer
But the glowing ray pistol waved them back.
"The Copper-Clad World" by Harl Vincent
The pistol went spinning out of the hunter's hand.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
One of them, the second, had drawn his sword and held a cocked pistol in the other hand.
"Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
There was no time for pistols.
"Loot of the Void" by Edwin K. Sloat
I grasped my pistols.
"The O'Ruddy" by Stephen Crane
Hector Hall's pistols hung on the end-gate of the sheep-wagon not more than twenty feet away.
"The Flockmaster of Poison Creek" by George W. Ogden
He caught the man's pistol arm, thrust it down sharply out of sight.
"Slaves of Mercury" by Nat Schachner
Ahmed now saw that the man had a pistol in one hand and a talwar in the other.
"Barclay of the Guides" by Herbert Strang
Besides the pilot and copilot, two men armed with pistols sat in the cramped quarters.
"A Yankee Flier in Italy" by Rutherford G. Montgomery
Jed's hand slid down to his belt to the compact vibration pistol holstered there.
"Planet of the Gods" by Robert Moore Williams
He moved the muzzle of a detonite pistol back and forth.
"Astounding Stories, August, 1931" by Various

In poetry:

One cracked him with his billy
Above the left eye,
One thugged him with his pistol
And left him lie.
"The Ballad Of Joe Meek" by Sterling A Brown
But hark to that loud pistol shot,
In a second rends the skies.
A human being on the sod
In his death struggle lies.
"The Gallant Peter Clarke" by Anonymous Oceania
Then laughed the robber loud in scorn
As he his pistol drew.
Said he 'My hand is firm and strong,
And my aim is ever true.
"The Gallant Peter Clarke" by Anonymous Oceania
Up and down, up and down
They go, the gray rat and the brown:
A pistol cracks: they too are dead.
The nightwind rustles overhead.
"After the Salvo" by Herbert Ashley Asquith
"But reach my pistol, Glaud, my man,
And charge ye weel my gun:
For, but an I pierce that bluidy butcher
My babes we been undone."
"Edom O'Gordon" by Henry Morley
And now commenced the struggle
For life between them both,
One hand of Clarke's the pistol grasped
And the other grasped his throat.
"The Gallant Peter Clarke" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

Czech's Martin Strnad shoots to 1st major title in World Cup Final rapid fire pistol.
BANGKOK — Martin Strnad of the Czech Republic won his first major title at the shooting World Cup Final when he won the rapid fire pistol on Friday.
LaserLyte has introduced the Rear Sight Laser (RSL) for Taurus Slim Pistols that allows operators to retain existing grips or internal stock parts, according to the company.
Try a reflex sight on your rifle, pistol or bow (Joe's Outdoor Office video).
2011 – Columbia releases Pistol Annies' debut album, "Hell On Heels," digitally.
LA's gun buyback: rocket launch er , pocket pistols turned into LAPD.
Glock semiautomatic pistol links recent mass shootings.
Pazz & Jop 2011: Alex Macpherson On Pistol Annies, PJ Harvey, And Why You Should Always Trust Diddy.
The company produces suppressors — also known as silencers — for both pistols and rifles.
His parents were killed in an alley by a thug with a pistol.
Dry-fire training pistol helps enhance shooting skills.
Below is a press release sent out by the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association.
Air pistol used, according to police.
WCU 1-4 but better with 'pistol' offense.
Here's the new video from Pistol Annies… " Takin ' Pills", the second single released from their debut album, "Hell on Heels".

In science:

The most massive star is the Pistol star, with an estimated initial mass of 200 − 250 M⊙ (Figer et al. 1998).
The First Cosmic Structures and their Effects
For example, to deliver a pistol bullet with a BC of 0.135 at a velocity of 1200 fps at 50 yards, one would work up a load producing 1385 fps at the muzzle.
A method for testing handgun bullets in deer
There is evidence of massive star formation, for instance in the Quintuplet cluster (Nagata), that illuminates the pistol-shaped HII regions (Figer), and hot dust has been mapped with ISOCAM.
The Central Regions of the Galaxy and Galaxies: A Brief Summary
Further, it contains two “Luminous Blue Variables ,” including the “Pistol Star.” The ionizing flux from the cluster is 1050.9 photons s−1 , or roughly what is required to ionize the nearby “Sickle” HII region (G0.18−0.04).
The Initial Mass Function in the Galactic Center
It is then shown that these q -Genocchi numbers have interesting combinatorial interpretations in the classical models for Genocchi numbers such as alternating pistols, alternating permutations, non intersecting lattice paths and skew Young tableaux.
A q-analog of the Seidel generation of Genocchi numbers
In sections 2 and 3 we generalize the combinatorial results of Dumont and Viennot by first interpreting gi,j (q) (and in particular the two kinds of q -Genocchi numbers) in the model of alternating pistols and then derive the interpret G2n (q) as generating polynomials of alternating permutations.
A q-analog of the Seidel generation of Genocchi numbers
We can illustrate an alternating pistol on [m] by an array (Ti,j )1≤i,j≤m with a cross at (i, j ) if p(i) = j .
A q-analog of the Seidel generation of Genocchi numbers
SAP i,j ) be the set of alternating pistols p (resp. strict-alternating pistols) on [i] such that p(i) = j .
A q-analog of the Seidel generation of Genocchi numbers
In other words the charge of a pistol p amounts to the number of cells below its crosses.
A q-analog of the Seidel generation of Genocchi numbers
Let σ = ℓ−1(f ) be the permutation whose inversion table isf , it is easily verified (cf. ) that p is an alternating pistol on [2n] if and only if σ is an alternating permutation [2n + 1].
A q-analog of the Seidel generation of Genocchi numbers
Then we obtain a bijection between the configurations of Proposition 5 and those that we can call truncated alternating pistols.
A q-analog of the Seidel generation of Genocchi numbers
Then we obtain a bijection between the configurations of Proposition 8 and those that we can call truncated alternating pistols.
A q-analog of the Seidel generation of Genocchi numbers
But the interest for VMOs is not limited to extremely low-Z environments: the Pistol star with M = 200 − 250 M⊙ has been discovered in the Galactic Centre, where Z ≥ Z⊙ ; and other such ob jects are known within the Local Group .
Chemical Yields from the First Stars