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pinfire

[pin-fahyuh r]
adjective
  1. of or relating to a cartridge fitted with a pin that, when struck by the hammer of the firearm, causes the cartridge to explode.
  2. of or relating to a firearm that uses such a cartridge.
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Origin of pinfire

First recorded in 1850–55; pin + fire
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Examples from the Web for pinfire

Historical Examples

  • She had been killed by a bullet which fitted Nepcote's revolver, which was a pinfire weapon.

    The Hand in the Dark

    Arthur J. Rees