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[sing-guh l-bar-uh l] /ˈsɪŋ gəlˈbær əl/
a gun having one barrel, especially a shotgun.
Origin of single-barrel
First recorded in 1840-50
Related forms
single-barreled; especially British, single-barrelled, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He already had his forefinger on the trigger of his "single-barrel."

    Anderson Crow, Detective George Barr McCutcheon
  • A single-barrel will soon make a sportsman the keenest of shots.

    The Open Air Richard Jefferies
  • Lucky I was right about its being a single-barrel, ain't it?

    Vandemark's Folly Herbert Quick
  • I began with talk to Mr. Jewell about a single-barrel breech-loader our house was controlling, and quoted it at $7.20, sixty days.

    A Man of Samples Wm. H. Maher
  • The single-barrel gun has passed out of modern sport; but I remember mine with regret, and think I shall some day buy another.

    The Open Air Richard Jefferies
  • Snipes, on the contrary, I felt sure of with the single-barrel, and never could hit them so well with a double.

    The Open Air Richard Jefferies
  • Starbuck, you ricolleck I told you I had that old-fashioned, single-barrel cap-an'-ball pistol.

    The Starbucks

    Opie Percival Read
  • The great difficulty which has to be met in all single-barrel machine guns is the heating of the barrel.

  • Armed with an old, single-barrel duck gun, the height of his ambition was to get a safe and easy shot at the feeding birds.

    The Watchers of the Trails Charles G. D. Roberts
  • One single-barrel rifle to carry a half-pound projectile, or a four ounce, according to strength of hunter.

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