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revolver

[ri-vol-ver] /rɪˈvɒl vər/
noun
1.
a handgun having a revolving chambered cylinder for holding a number of cartridges, which may be discharged in succession without reloading.
2.
a person or thing that revolves.
Origin of revolver
1825-1835
An Americanism dating back to 1825-35; revolve + -er1
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  • On reaching them Mr. Monger found he had dropped his revolver.

  • He had his revolver on the fellow in the instant, and yet he held his fire.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • Andrew sat in the dark, hurriedly going over his rifle and his revolver.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • He drew his revolver, and with the heavy butt banged loudly on the door.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • But presently a man was sent out of the car at the point of Clune's revolver.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
British Dictionary definitions for revolver

revolver

/rɪˈvɒlvə/
noun
1.
a pistol having a revolving multichambered cylinder that allows several shots to be discharged without reloading
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Word Origin and History for revolver
n.

type of pistol, 1835, agent noun from revolve. So called by U.S. inventor Samuel Colt (1814-1862) for its revolving chamber cylinder.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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