firearm

[fahyuh r-ahrm]

noun

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

Nearby words

  1. fire-plow,
  2. fire-polish,
  3. fire-resistant,
  4. fire-retardant,
  5. fire-tube boiler,
  6. fireback,
  7. fireball,
  8. fireballer,
  9. firebase,
  10. firebird

Origin of firearm

First recorded in 1640–50; fire + arm2

Related formsfire·armed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for firearm

firearm

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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Word Origin and History for firearm

firearm

n.

1640s, from fire (n.) + arm (n.2). Related: Firearms.

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