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[fahyuh r-ahrm] /ˈfaɪərˌɑrm/
a small arms weapon, as a rifle or pistol, from which a projectile is fired by gunpowder.
Origin of firearm
1640-50; fire + arm2
Related forms
firearmed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for firearm
  • Sale or delivery at retail of firearm other than pistol or revolver.
  • Believe me, the first thing people do when faced with the angry end of a firearm is dive for any nearby shelter.
  • Ammunition or firearm parts are also banned from carry-on baggage, and all such items must be declared to the airline.
  • It is not only a matter of restricting use to situations where use of a firearm would otherwise be fully justified.
  • Gun-cotton is used as an accelerant in almost every firearm, including cannons.
  • He received a ten-year sentence for killing a rare animal, plus another two years for possessing an illegal firearm.
  • One cabinet contained projectiles and cartridges of every known firearm.
  • But the firearm epidemic is extremely respectful of lines drawn on a map.
  • He surrendered and consented to await the arrival of the local police to collect him and his illegal firearm to the jail.
  • Under federal law a machine-gun receiver is treated as if it were a complete firearm.
British Dictionary definitions for firearm


a weapon, esp a portable gun or pistol, from which a projectile can be discharged by an explosion caused by igniting gunpowder, etc
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Word Origin and History for firearm

1640s, from fire (n.) + arm (n.2). Related: Firearms.

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