[ sing-guhl-bar-uhl ]

  1. a gun having one barrel, especially a shotgun.

Origin of single-barrel

First recorded in 1840–50

Other words from single-barrel

  • single-barreled; especially British, single-barrelled, adjective

Words Nearby single-barrel Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use single-barrel in a sentence

  • In those days many American matches were shot from plunge traps, and with the single barrel.

    The Way of a Man | Emerson Hough
  • He did the same, walking to his own lodge, from which he speedily emerged holding a single barrel pistol.

    The Life of Kit Carson | Edward S. Ellis
  • I had set my gun, a single barrel rifle, against a tree without reloading it.

    Fifty Years a Hunter and Trapper | Eldred Nathaniel Woodcock
  • Do not flurry the dog by firing more than a single barrel, or confuse him by killing more than one bird.

    Dog Breaking | William Nelson Hutchinson
  • The great difficulty which has to be met in all single-barrel machine guns is the heating of the barrel.