air pistol

  1. a pistol that utilizes compressed air rather than ignited gunpowder to propel a single shot, often a pellet.

Origin of air pistol

First recorded in 1955–60

Words Nearby air pistol Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use air pistol in a sentence

  • He did not forget to arm himself quite to the teeth with his pop-gun, his bow, and his air-pistol.

    The Lilac Fairy Book | Andrew Lang
  • The air-pistol was forgotten, and the party at once adjourned to the house to make further inquiries.

    Under Padlock and Seal | Charles Harold Avery
  • In England all open air pistol ranges have the firing points unprotected.

  • A good open air pistol range can be made behind a rifle butt.

  • At the thought he dropped his glasses and pulled his guns—blaster in right hand, air-pistol in left.

    Triplanetary | Edward Elmer Smith