revolver

Definitions

  • Hit Dad in the Nose With The Butt of a Revolver 255
    Hit Dad in the Nose With The Butt of a Revolver 255
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n revolver a pistol with a revolving cylinder (usually having six chambers for bullets)
    • n revolver a door consisting of four orthogonal partitions that rotate about a central pivot; a door designed to equalize the air pressure in tall buildings
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"CONVICTS HAD REVOLVERS ALL RIGHT THAT TRIP AND DENNY THREW UP HIS HANDS." "CONVICTS HAD REVOLVERS ALL RIGHT THAT TRIP AND DENNY THREW UP HIS HANDS."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The revolving door was invented in 1888, by Theophilus Van Kannel.
    • n Revolver One who, or that which, revolves; specifically, a firearm ( commonly a pistol) with several chambers or barrels so arranged as to revolve on an axis, and be discharged in succession by the same lock; a repeater.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: All of the stars comprising the Milky Way galaxy revolve around the center of the galaxy once every 200 million years or so.
    • n revolver One who or that which revolves.
    • n revolver Specifically— A revolving firearm, especially a pistol, having a revolving barrel provided with a number of bores (as in earlier styles of the weapon), or (as in modern forms) a single barrel with a revolving cylinder at its base, provided with a number of chambers. When the barrel or cylinder revolves on its longitudinal axis, the several bores or chambers are brought in succession into relation with firing-mechanism for successive and rapid firing. In the modern forms of the arm the chambers of the cylinder are, by such revolution, brought successively into line with the bore in the barrel, which is also the firing position. In this position each chamber respectively forms a continuation of the bore in the barrel. Six is the common number of chambers. The most vital distinction between early and modern revolving firearms is that the barrels of the former were directly revolved by the hand; while in the latter the revolving-mechanism is connected with the firing-mechanism, the cocking of which automatically revolves the cylinder. Metal cartridges with conical bullets are used in all modern revolvers, the loading being done at the breech. Some are self-cocking—that is, are cocked by pulling the trigger which also discharges them. Some, by peculiar mechanism (though, for general use, they may be cocked in the ordinary way for taking deliberate aim), are by a quick adjustment changed into self-cocking pistols for more rapid firing in emergencies where accurate aim is of subordinate importance. Colonel Colt of the United States was the first to produce a really serviceable and valuable revolving arm, though the principle was known in the earlier part of the sixteenth century.
    • n revolver A revolving cannon.
    • n revolver A revolving horse-rake.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Revolvers cannot be silenced because of all the noisy gasses which escape the cylinder gap at the rear of the barrel.
    • n Revolver rē-volv′ėr that which revolves: a firearm having barrels or chambers which revolve upon a common centre, and are fired in turn by one lock mechanism: a revolving cannon.
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Quotations

  • Hermann Goering
    Hermann Goering
    “Whenever I hear the word culture, I reach for my revolver.”
  • Heather Williams
    Heather Williams
    “Revolve your world around the customer and more customers will revolve around you.”
  • Croesus
    Croesus
    “There is a wheel on the affairs of men revolve and its mechanism is such that it prevents any man from being always fortunate.”
  • Josh Billings
    Josh%20Billings
    “Music hath the charm to soothe a savage beast, but I'd try a revolver first.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “Only mediocrities progress. An artist revolves in a cycle of masterpieces, the first of which is no less perfect than the last.”

Usage

In literature:

Like a flash, the half-breed jerked a revolver from his belt and fired.
"The Gun-Brand" by James B. Hendryx
And she knew that in his free hand he carried his revolver.
"The Odds" by Ethel M. Dell
Just as the van passed under the railway arch two men with revolvers barred the way.
"The Life Story of an Old Rebel" by John Denvir
And then, at the very moment when the wheels began to revolve, Leroux stepped down from a neighbouring train.
"Jacqueline of Golden River" by H. M. Egbert
With no room even for six-gun work he turned his revolver into a club.
"The Sheriff's Son" by William MacLeod Raine
There is only one revolver in question, and that revolver of a peculiar make and bore.
"The Riddle of the Frozen Flame" by Mary E. Hanshew
He gripped his revolver in his fingers.
"The Black Box" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
He drew Lal Singh's revolvers and thrust one into her hand.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
His arms and feet had been securely tied and his remaining revolver had been taken from his belt.
"Bert Wilson in the Rockies" by J. W. Duffield
It must have been that last volley, for he could distinctly recall the sharp bark of Gonzales' revolver between his own shots.
"Molly McDonald" by Randall Parrish
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In poetry:

Wet and bright the dinting pebbles
Shine where oft she paused and stood;
All her dreamy warmth revolving,
While the chilly waters wooed.
"Daphne" by George Meredith
I not asleep, nor quite awake.
Numbered the nothings of the house,
Revolving which my text to make,
The living priest or that dead mouse.
"A Winter Walk" by John Albee
Worlds by millions are revolving
Through that vast, unfathomed main;
Should our tiny orb make shipwreck,
Worlds by millions would remain;
"Discouragement" by John Lawson Stoddard
When I his length of days revolve,
How like a strong tree he hath stood,
It brings into my mind almost
Those patriarchs old before the flood.
"The Great Grandfather" by Charles Lamb
For lo, what changes time can bring!
The cycles of revolving years
May free my heart from all its fears,—
And teach my lips a song to sing.
"Rome Unvisited" by Oscar Wilde
Till, ringing, singing on its way,
The world revolved from night to day,
A voice, a chime
A chant sublime
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!
"Flower-De-Luce: Christmas Bells" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

Shawn Chacon rolled into Yankee Stadium yesterday afternoon, put on a new pinstriped uniform and prepared to meander through what has been a revolving door at the back of the rotation.
Short stories that revolve around wishes form this volume created to raise money for Book Wish Foundation, a nonprofit organization working to build libraries for Darfur refugees living in Chad.
At the French Open this week, much of the talk will revolve around the holy trinity of the men's draw.
We had a revolving fund.
Many of you will remember that nearly all of TV commercials were revolved around the "ultimate" Mom when we were growing up.
Come around to Gatten's revolving sushi bar.
Kids love revolving sushi bars.
Latham fuel cell manufacturer Plug Power says it has gotten a $7 million revolving line of credit from Silicon Valley Bank.
DJ @llenblow will play with his new dub ensemble, Taimaica Soundsytem, tonight at Revolver.
Revolver magazine is celebrating the release of its "Mega 100th Issue" by spotlighting the "100 Greatest Living Rock Stars".
Two men approached the victim, and one of them opened his coat, displayed a revolver and demanded money, police records said.
Twilight 's hunky vampire Robert Pattinson was every bit the movie star on the Italian set of New Moon Wednesday, revolving between makeup sessions, scenes and chats with co-stars and colleagues.
Fred Vojtsek, father of victim Julia Vojtsek, 23, said his motivation to be a part of the lawsuit revolved around family.
Other people are moons revolving around their sun.
Live Oak — Everything in our world revolves around time.
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In science:

In particular, our model assumes host stars rotate much more slowly than their close-in companion planet revolves, an assumption largely corroborated by observation (Trilling (2000); Barnes (2001)).
Tidal Evolution of Close-in Extra-Solar Planets
Solving equations is one of the main themes in mathematics. A large part of the combinatorial group theory revolves around the word and conjugacy problems - particular types of equations in groups.
Equations and fully residually free groups
Our new strategy revolves around the meaning of Ψt j=1 ϕt (xj ) for N large: “Most” particles behave in a good way and the term on the right has “mostly” product structure while only “few” particles will behave badly and will become entangled.
A simple derivation of mean field limits for quantum systems
Our design revolves around a high-performance 1m telescope equipped with a dual-colour lucky-imaging camera system and a highly efficient high-resolution spectrograph which will allow 1m/s precision velocities to be obtained for the brightest stars in the sky.
The Stellar Observations Network Group - the Prototype
Since the perceived difficulties with calculating quantum corrections in weak gravitational fields revolve around the problem of calculating with non-renormalizable theories, the first step is to describe the modern point of view as to how this should be done.
Quantum Gravity and Precision Tests
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