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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.
Origin of revolver
1825-35, Americanism; revolve + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I have a great mind to give him the contents of the revolver!

    A Cousin's Conspiracy Horatio Alger
  • On reaching them Mr. Monger found he had dropped his revolver.

  • His sword is ready to his hand, and he often carries a revolver and a stick.

    A Corner of Spain Walter Wood
  • He had his revolver on the fellow in the instant, and yet he held his fire.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • With his right hand Maurice sought his revolver, cocked and leveled it.

    The Puppet Crown Harold MacGrath
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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