a handgun having a revolving chambered cylinder for holding a number of cartridges, which may be discharged in succession without reloading.
a person or thing that revolves.

Origin of revolver

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; revolve + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for revolver

Contemporary Examples of revolver

Historical Examples of revolver

  • On reaching them Mr. Monger found he had dropped his revolver.

  • Andrew sat in the dark, hurriedly going over his rifle and his revolver.

  • He had his revolver on the fellow in the instant, and yet he held his fire.

  • But presently a man was sent out of the car at the point of Clune's revolver.

  • He whirled to receive the muzzle of a revolver in his stomach.

British Dictionary definitions for revolver



a pistol having a revolving multichambered cylinder that allows several shots to be discharged without reloading
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Word Origin and History for revolver

type of pistol, 1835, agent noun from revolve. So called by U.S. inventor Samuel Colt (1814-1862) for its revolving chamber cylinder.

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