[ pin-fahyuhr ]
/ ˈpɪnˌfaɪər /


of or relating to a cartridge fitted with a pin that, when struck by the hammer of the firearm, causes the cartridge to explode.
of or relating to a firearm that uses such a cartridge.

Origin of pinfire

First recorded in 1850–55; pin + fire Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for pinfire

  • 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