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firearm

[ fahyuhr-ahrm ]
/ ˈfaɪərˌɑrm /
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noun

a small arms weapon, as a rifle or pistol, from which a projectile is fired by gunpowder.

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Origin of firearm

First recorded in 1640–50; fire + arm2
firearmed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for firearm

firearm
/ (ˈfaɪərˌɑːm) /

noun

a weapon, esp a portable gun or pistol, from which a projectile can be discharged by an explosion caused by igniting gunpowder, etc
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