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[ri-vol-ver] /rɪˈvɒl vər/
a handgun having a revolving chambered cylinder for holding a number of cartridges, which may be discharged in succession without reloading.
a person or thing that revolves.
1825-35, Americanism; revolve + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The global cop has the neighborhood watch behind him, but it's going to take more than a service revolver to keep the peace.
  • He was uncouth and boorish, prone to banging the table with his revolver at junta meetings.
  • Dozens of countries are trying to give companies more opportunities to reorganise before they finally reach for the revolver.
  • Everyone in the room seemed to feel the tug waiting on the river, the sword-stick and the revolver, waiting on the table.
  • Riding horseback with a flag and a sword and a revolver on him.
  • He sat stiff in his, with his hand in his pocket, and on the handle of his loaded revolver.
  • The flashlight of those days was contained in cartridges fired from a revolver.
  • At the same moment the watch beside the revolver softly slid from the table-softly, softly-no visible hand-it was gone.
  • In one trembling hand he carried an enormous silver-handled revolver.
  • Marcus tried hailing a taxi in the traditional video-game manner: firing his service revolver twice into the air.
British Dictionary definitions for revolver


a pistol having a revolving multichambered cylinder that allows several shots to be discharged without reloading
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for revolver

type of pistol, 1835, agent noun from revolve. So called by U.S. inventor Samuel Colt (1814-1862) for its revolving chamber cylinder.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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