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air pistol

a pistol that utilizes compressed air rather than ignited gunpowder to propel a single shot, often a pellet.
Origin of air pistol
1955-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He did not forget to arm himself quite to the teeth with his pop-gun, his bow, and his air-pistol.

    The Lilac Fairy Book Andrew Lang
  • But the stiletto's done the thing in one instance, and the air-pistol in the other.

  • But I understand there was a shot fired as well—from an air-pistol, I imagine, as there was no sound.

  • And the air-pistol stunt simply used to throw the blame upon Ross.

  • The air-pistol was forgotten, and the party at once adjourned to the house to make further inquiries.

    Under Padlock and Seal Charles Harold Avery
  • At the thought he dropped his glasses and pulled his guns—blaster in right hand, air-pistol in left.

    Triplanetary Edward Elmer Smith
  • Someone here has an air-pistol, and the owner of that has got to be found.

Contemporary definitions for air-pistol

a pistol that uses compressed air to fire pellets or other projectiles's 21st Century Lexicon
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