a short firearm intended to be held and fired with one hand.
verb (used with object), pistoled, pistoling or (especially British) pistolled, pistolling.
to shoot with a pistol.

1560–70; < Middle French pistole < German, earlier pitschal, pitschole, petsole < Czech píšt’ala literally, pipe, fife, whistle (presumably a slang term for a type of light harquebus employed during the Hussite wars), akin to pištět to squeak, peep

pistollike, adjective
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pistol (ˈpɪstəl)
1.  a short-barrelled handgun
2.  hold a pistol to a person's head to threaten a person in order to force him to do what one wants
vb , -tols, -tolling, -tolled, -tols, -toling, -toled
3.  (tr) to shoot with a pistol
[C16: from French pistole, from German, from Czech pišt'ala pistol, pipe; related to Russian pischal shepherd's pipes]

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Word Origin & History

"small hand-held firearm," c.1570, from M.Fr. pistole "short firearm" (1566), of uncertain origin, sometimes said to be from Ger. Pistole, from Czech pis'tala "firearm," lit. "tube, pipe," from pisteti "to whistle," of imitative origin, related to Rus. pischal "shepherd's pipe." But earlier form pistolet
(1550) is from M.Fr. pistolet "a small firearm," also "a small dagger," which may be the literal sense; though some connect this word with It. pistolese, in reference to Pistoia, town in Tuscany noted for gunsmithing. Pistol-whip is first recorded 1942.
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Computing Dictionary

pistol definition

[IBM] A tool that makes it all too easy for you to shoot yourself in the foot. "Unix "rm *" makes such a nice pistol!"
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Example sentences
Carrying of pistol or revolver without permit prohibited.
Centerfire pistol, revolver or rifle using expanding-type bullets.
These were not the sort of gun you'd take to the pistol range to practice with,
  to put it mildly.
Cal has a backward system for issuing concealed pistol licenses.
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