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
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revolver (rɪˈvɒlvə)
a pistol having a revolving multichambered cylinder that allows several shots to be discharged without reloading

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Example sentences
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.
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