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pis·tol

pistol

 
pronunciation:
pI stl
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part of speech: noun
definition: a small gun that is held and fired with one hand.
For protection, she kept a pistol in a drawer next to her bed.
 
similar words:
arm, firearm, gun, heater, piece, revolver, rod
Homophone Note
The words pistol and pistil sound alike but have different meanings. To learn why a bank robber would never try to hold up a bank using a pistil, look up pistil.
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