a small arms weapon, as a rifle or pistol, from which a projectile is fired by gunpowder.

1640–50; fire + arm2

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firearm (ˈfaɪərˌɑːm)
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 & History

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