Pis·tol n. The smallest firearm used, intended to be fired from one hand, -- now of many patterns, and bearing a great variety of names. See Illust. of Revolver.
Pistol carbine, a firearm with a removable but-piece, and thus capable of being used either as a pistol or a carbine.
Pistol pipe Metal., a pipe in which the blast for a furnace is heated, resembling a pistol in form.
Pistol shot. (a) The discharge of a pistol. (b) The distance to which a pistol can propel a ball.
Pis·tol, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pistoled p. pr. & vb. n. Pistoling.] To shoot with a pistol. “To pistol a poacher.”
n : a firearm that is held and fired with one hand [syn: handgun,
side arm, shooting iron]
[also: pistolling, pistolled]