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pis·tol  (pstl)
A firearm designed to be held and fired with one hand.
tr.v. pis·toled, pis·tol·ing, pis·tols
To shoot with such a handgun.

[French pistole, from German, from Middle High German pischulle, from Czech p?tala, pipe, whistle, firearm, from pitti, to whistle, of imitative origin.]

pistol  /pstl/  n. a small gun that can be held and shot in one hand: Most police officers on patrol carry a pistol. pistol

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