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pis·tol

 (pĭs′təl)
n.
1. A handgun, especially one that is not a revolver.
2. Slang A rowdy or rambunctious person, especially a child.
tr.v. pis·toled, pis·tol·ing, pis·tols
To shoot with a pistol.

[French pistole, from German, from Middle High German pischulle, from Czech píšt'ala, pipe, whistle, firearm, from pištěti, to whistle, of imitative origin.]

pistol

(ˈpɪstəl)
n
1. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a short-barrelled handgun
2. hold a pistol to a person's head to threaten a person in order to force him to do what one wants
vb, -tols, -tolling or -tolled, -tols, -toling or -toled
(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) (tr) to shoot with a pistol
[C16: from French pistole, from German, from Czech pišt'ala pistol, pipe; related to Russian pischal shepherd's pipes]

pis•tol

(ˈpɪs tl)

n., v. -toled, -tol•ing (esp. Brit.) -tolled, -tol•ling. n.
1. a short firearm intended to be held and fired with one hand.
v.t.
2. to shoot with a pistol.
[1560–70; < Middle French pistole < German, earlier pitschal, pitschole, petsole < Czech píšt'ala literally, pipe, fife, whistle (presumably a colloquial term for a type of light harquebus employed during the Hussite wars), akin to pištět to squeak, peep]

pistol

- Derives from a Czechoslovakian word meaning "whistle," and evolved into the name of the firearm because of a resemblance in shape.
See also related terms for whistle.

pistol


Past participle: pistolled
Gerund: pistolling

Imperative
pistol
pistol
Present
I pistol
you pistol
he/she/it pistols
we pistol
you pistol
they pistol
Preterite
I pistolled
you pistolled
he/she/it pistolled
we pistolled
you pistolled
they pistolled
Present Continuous
I am pistolling
you are pistolling
he/she/it is pistolling
we are pistolling
you are pistolling
they are pistolling
Present Perfect
I have pistolled
you have pistolled
he/she/it has pistolled
we have pistolled
you have pistolled
they have pistolled
Past Continuous
I was pistolling
you were pistolling
he/she/it was pistolling
we were pistolling
you were pistolling
they were pistolling
Past Perfect
I had pistolled
you had pistolled
he/she/it had pistolled
we had pistolled
you had pistolled
they had pistolled
Future
I will pistol
you will pistol
he/she/it will pistol
we will pistol
you will pistol
they will pistol
Future Perfect
I will have pistolled
you will have pistolled
he/she/it will have pistolled
we will have pistolled
you will have pistolled
they will have pistolled
Future Continuous
I will be pistolling
you will be pistolling
he/she/it will be pistolling
we will be pistolling
you will be pistolling
they will be pistolling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been pistolling
you have been pistolling
he/she/it has been pistolling
we have been pistolling
you have been pistolling
they have been pistolling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been pistolling
you will have been pistolling
he/she/it will have been pistolling
we will have been pistolling
you will have been pistolling
they will have been pistolling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been pistolling
you had been pistolling
he/she/it had been pistolling
we had been pistolling
you had been pistolling
they had been pistolling
Conditional
I would pistol
you would pistol
he/she/it would pistol
we would pistol
you would pistol
they would pistol
Past Conditional
I would have pistolled
you would have pistolled
he/she/it would have pistolled
we would have pistolled
you would have pistolled
they would have pistolled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pistol - a firearm that is held and fired with one handpistol - a firearm that is held and fired with one hand
automatic pistol, automatic - a pistol that will keep firing until the ammunition is gone or the trigger is released
derringer - a pocket pistol of large caliber with a short barrel
firearm, small-arm, piece - a portable gun; "he wore his firearm in a shoulder holster"
forty-five - a .45-caliber pistol
gat, rod - a gangster's pistol
horse pistol, horse-pistol - a large pistol (usually in a holster) formerly carried by horsemen
peacekeeper - the pistol of a law officer in the old West
revolver, six-gun, six-shooter - a pistol with a revolving cylinder (usually having six chambers for bullets)
Saturday night special - a cheap handgun that is easily obtained
semiautomatic, semiautomatic pistol - a pistol that is a semiautomatic firearm capable of loading and firing continuously
gunstock, stock - the handle of a handgun or the butt end of a rifle or shotgun or part of the support of a machine gun or artillery gun; "the rifle had been fitted with a special stock"
Verey pistol, Very pistol - a pistol for firing Very-light flares
zip gun - a crude homemade pistol

pistol

noun handgun, shooter, piece (U.S. & Canad. informal), automatic, revolver, side arm an unidentified person armed with a pistol
Translations
pistole
pistol
pistooli
pištolj
pisztoly
skammbyssa
ピストル
권총
pistoletas
pistole
pištoľ
pištola
pistol
ปืน
súng lục

pistol

[ˈpɪstl]
A. Npistola f, revólver m
at pistol pointa punta de pistola
B. CPD pistol shot Npistoletazo m
to be within pistol shotestar a tiro de pistola

pistol

[ˈpɪstəl] npistolet m
to hold a pistol to sb's head (fig)mettre le couteau sous la gorge de qn pistol shotpistol shot ncoup m de pistolet

pistol

nPistole f; pistol shotPistolenschuss m; (= person)Pistolenschütze m/-schützin f; to hold a pistol to somebody’s head (fig)jdm die Pistole auf die Brust setzen; pistol-grip cameraKamera fmit Handgriff

pistol

[ˈpɪstl] npistola

pistol

(ˈpistl) noun
a small gun, held in one hand when fired. He shot himself with a pistol.

pistol

مُسَدَس pistole pistol Pistole πιστόλι revólver pistooli pistolet pištolj pistola ピストル 권총 pistool pistol pistolet pistola пистолет pistol ปืน kısa kabzalı tabanca súng lục 手枪
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Take your pistols, and at the word thwee begin to advance.
Dolokhov walked slowly without raising his pistol, looking intently with his bright, sparkling blue eyes into his antagonist's face.
D'Arnot tried to argue him out of it, but without avail, so pistols it was.
D'Arnot and Monsieur Flaubert had examined both pistols.
You have pistols likewise," said he, "turn and defend yourself.
Fouquet, throw me one of your pistols, that I may blow out my brains
He was smallish in stature, but well set and as nimble as a goat; his face was of a good open expression, but sunburnt very dark, and heavily freckled and pitted with the small-pox; his eyes were unusually light and had a kind of dancing madness in them, that was both engaging and alarming; and when he took off his great-coat, he laid a pair of fine silver-mounted pistols on the table, and I saw that he was belted with a great sword.
Riach cried; and then to me: "Hark ye, David," he said, "do ye ken where the pistols are?
When Christine Daae was carried off, sir, I sent word to my servant to bring me these pistols.
Your pistols are beside your desk," said Monte Cristo, pointing with his finger to the pistols on the table.
Suppose he should have a pistol, he can kill but one of us, and a man can die but once.
It must have been at least a minute after I heard the click of the cocked pistol before he spoke.