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Owning a handgun doesn't make you armed any more than owning a guitar makes you a musician.
Jeff Cooper

Meaning of "handgun" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF HANDGUN

handgun  [ˈhændˌɡʌn] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF HANDGUN

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Handgun is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES HANDGUN MEAN IN ENGLISH?

handgun

Handgun

A handgun is a firearm designed to be handheld, in either one or both hands. This characteristic differentiates handguns as a general class of firearms from long guns such as rifles and shotguns. Major handgun subtypes are the revolver and pistol; other subtypes include derringers, single-shot pistols, semi-automatic pistols, pepperboxes, and machine pistols. The overlapping variations in meaning of the words "pistol" and "handgun" are discussed below. Although handgun use often includes bracing with a second hand, the essential distinguishing characteristic of a handgun is its facility for one-handed operation.

Definition of handgun in the English dictionary

The definition of handgun in the dictionary is a firearm that can be held, carried, and fired with one hand, such as a pistol.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH HANDGUN


antigun
ˌæntɪˈɡʌn
begun
bɪˈɡʌn
blowgun
ˈbləʊˌɡʌn
gun
ɡʌn
Gunn
ɡʌn
outgun
ˌaʊtˈɡʌn
popgun
ˈpɒpˌɡʌn
potgun
ˈpɒtˌɡʌn
progun
prəʊˈɡʌn
shotgun
ˈʃɒtˌɡʌn
supergun
ˈsuːpərˌɡʌn
tangun
ˈtæŋˌɡʌn
unbegun
ˌʌnbɪˈɡʌn
windgun
ˈwɪndˌɡʌn

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE HANDGUN

handcuffs
handedness
Handel
hander
handfast
handfasting
handfed
handfeed
handful
handgrip
handhold
handicap
handicap register
handicapped
handicapper
handicapping
handicraft
handicrafter
handicraftsman
handier

WORDS THAT END LIKE HANDGUN

air gun
BB gun
big gun
electron gun
elephant gun
field gun
jump the gun
machine gun
Ogun
paint gun
pellet gun
sawed-off shotgun
sawn-off shotgun
scatter-gun
shogun
smoking gun
spray gun
squirt gun
stun gun
water gun

Synonyms and antonyms of handgun in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «HANDGUN»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «handgun» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of handgun

Translation of «handgun» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF HANDGUN

Find out the translation of handgun to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of handgun from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «handgun» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

手枪
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

pistola
570 millions of speakers

English

handgun
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

handgun
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

مسدس
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

пистолет
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

pistola
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ছোঁড়ে
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

pistolet
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Pistol
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Handfeuerwaffe
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

拳銃
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

권총
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Handgun
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

khẩu súng lục
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

கைத்துப்பாக்கி
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

पिस्तूल
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

tabanca
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

pistola
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

pistolet
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

пістолет
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

pistol
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

πιστόλι
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

handwapen
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

handeldvapen
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

pistol
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of handgun

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «HANDGUN»

The term «handgun» is very widely used and occupies the 4.741 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «HANDGUN» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «handgun» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «handgun» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about handgun

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2 QUOTES WITH «HANDGUN»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word handgun.
1
Jeff Cooper
Owning a handgun doesn't make you armed any more than owning a guitar makes you a musician.
2
Hayao Miyazaki
When a man is shooting a handgun, it's just like he is shooting because that's his job, and he has no other choice. It's no good. When a girl is shooting a handgun, it's really something.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «HANDGUN»

Discover the use of handgun in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to handgun and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Handgun Combatives
No officer should be without this book...period.
Dave Spaulding, 2010
2
Defensive Handgun Skills: Your Guide to Fundamentals for ...
It's All Here—in Defensive Handgun Skills! Written by certified firearms trainer David Fessenden, Defensive Handgun Skills is a simple, easy-to-follow guide to the techniques involved in carrying and using a defensive handgun.
David Fessenden, 2010
3
The Modern Day Gunslinger: The Ultimate Handgun Training Manual
The shooting skills taught in this book carry broad application in civilian, law enforcement, and military contexts.
Don Mann, 2013
4
Effective Handgun Defense: A Comprehensive Guide to ...
Now holders of concealed carry permits, law enforcement officers, security personnel and anyone interested in real world defensive tactics can find all the historical, safety and legal information they need in Effective Handgun Defense. ...
Frank James, 2004
5
The Ultimate Guide to Handgun Hunting: Tips and Tactics for ...
Everything you need to know about hunting with pistols and revolvers.
Clair Rees, 2003
6
Gun Digest’s Handgun Ammo & Calibers Concealed Carry eShort: ...
In this excerpt from the Gun Digest Book of the Revolver, Grant Cunningham explains the best calibers and handgun ammo choices for the concealed carry revolver.
Grant Cunningham, 2012
7
Gun Digest’s Choosing a Handgun for Self Defense eShort: ...
In this excerpt from the Gun Digest Book of Concealed Carry, Massad Ayoob helps you choose the best handgun for concealed carry.
Massad Ayoob, 2012
8
Gun Digest's Defensive Handgun Training Principles ...
In this excerpt from Defensive Handgun Skills, David Fessenden covers defensive handgun definitions, guncraft history, Jeff Cooper's ideas on self-defense, legal considerations for CCW and combat mindset.
David Fessenden, 2012
9
Gun Digest's Defensive Handgun Training Rules and Tips ...
In this excerpt from Defensive Handgun Skills, David Fessenden passes along tips and advice on practical handgun training, dry practice, tactical training and gunfighting.
David Fessenden, 2012
10
Gun Digest's Defensive Handgun Shooting Stance & ...
In this excerpt from Defensive Handgun Skills, David Fessenden gives a basic overview of how to get into the defensive handgun stance and how to present or "draw" your handgun.
David Fessenden, 2012

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «HANDGUN»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term handgun is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Two held as handgun, ammunition and silencer seized
Two men in their twenties have been arrested after a handgun, ammunition and a silencer were found in a car in north Dublin. The items were ... «Irish Times, Jul 15»
2
Best Defensive Handgun Under $500? Make Mine A CZ P09 | The …
I'm often asked what weapon would I keep on my nightstand, specifically referring to a handgun, because I do keep more than a handgun at the ... «Daily Caller, Jul 15»
3
What happens when a handgun is fired by police? - CityNews
The same Act governs when an officer can draw a handgun – for example, to protect against loss of life or serious bodily harm. A police officer ... «CityNews, Jul 15»
4
Police ask for public's help to locate deputy's missing handgun
The Marion County Sheriff's office is asking for the public's help to find a missing or stolen handgun. Sgt. Don Parise said a Marion County ... «Statesman Journal, Jul 15»
5
Priest attacked as men armed with handgun raid cathedral
One man was armed with a suspected handgun – and the suspects made off with a sum of cash. Detective Constable Pauline McCalmont, who ... «thejournal.ie, Jul 15»
6
Georgia trucker nabbed for illegal handgun possession on Turnpike …
WOOLWICH TWP. — State police arrested a Georgia man Monday night after a trooper spotted him with a handgun on the New Jersey ... «NJ.com, Jul 15»
7
Alabama senators file bills on BP money, marriage, handgun rights …
State senators introduced 15 bills during the abbreviated first day of the special session on Monday, including bills affecting the BP oil spill ... «AL.com, Jul 15»
8
4 arrested at disturbance involving handgun, officials say | News …
Police are investigating an incident on Madison's west side that involved a handgun but, no shots were fired, according to a release. «Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3, Jul 15»
9
Man apologizes for carrying fake handgun downtown - Brant News
Brantford police quickly arrested a man on bicycle after a call about someone carrying a silver handgun at Market and Darling streets on ... «www.brantnews.com, Jul 15»
10
Oxnard man arrested after handgun and ammunition found in his …
An Oxnard man was arrested on Monday afternoon after police said they found a handgun along with ammunition in his backpack. Police said ... «Ventura County Star, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Handgun [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/handgun>. Aug 2021 ».
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