Pistol carbine, a firearm with a removable but-piece, and thus capable of being used either as a pistol
or a carbine. Pistol pipe (Metal.), a pipe in which the blast for a furnace is heated, resembling a
pistol in form. Pistol shot. (a) The discharge of a pistol. (b) The distance to which a pistol can
propel a ball.
(Pis"tol), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Pistoled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Pistoling.] [Cf. F. pistoler.] To shoot
with a pistol. "To pistol a poacher." Sydney Smith.
(Pis"to*lade`) n. [F.] A pistol shot.
(Pis*tole") n. [F., probably a name given in jest in France to a Spanish coin. Cf. Pistol.] The
name of certain gold coins of various values formerly coined in some countries of Europe. In Spain it
was equivalent to a quarter doubloon, or about $3.90, and in Germany and Italy nearly the same. There
was an old Italian pistole worth about $5.40.
(Pis`to*leer") n. [Cf. F. pistolier.] One who uses a pistol. [R.] Carlyle.
(Pis"to*let`) n. [F., a dim. of pistole.] A small pistol. Donne. Beau. & Fl.
Piston head (Steam Eng.), that part of a piston which is made fast to the piston rod. Piston rod,
a rod by which a piston is moved, or by which it communicates motion. Piston valve (Steam Eng.),
a slide valve, consisting of a piston, or connected pistons, working in a cylindrical case which is provided
with ports that are traversed by the valve.
(Pis"ton) n. [F. piston; cf. It. pistone piston, also pestone a large pestle; all fr. L. pinsere, pistum,
to pound, to stamp. See Pestle, Pistil.] (Mach.) A sliding piece which either is moved by, or moves
against, fluid pressure. It usually consists of a short cylinder fitting within a cylindrical vessel along which
it moves, back and forth. It is used in steam engines to receive motion from the steam, and in pumps to
transmit motion to a fluid; also for other purposes.
(Pit) n. [OE. pit, put, AS. pytt a pit, hole, L. puteus a well, pit.]
1. A large cavity or hole in the ground, either natural or artificial; a cavity in the surface of a body; an
indentation; specifically: (a) The shaft of a coal mine; a coal pit. (b) A large hole in the ground from
which material is dug or quarried; as, a stone pit; a gravel pit; or in which material is made by burning; as,
a lime pit; a charcoal pit. (c) A vat sunk in the ground; as, a tan pit.
Tumble me into some loathsome pit.Shak.
2. Any abyss; especially, the grave, or hades.
Back to the infernal pit I drag thee chained.Milton.
He keepth back his soul from the pit.Job xxxiii. 18.
3. A covered deep hole for entrapping wild beasts; a pitfall; hence, a trap; a snare. Also used figuratively.
The anointed of the Lord was taken in their pits.Lam. iv. 20.
4. A depression or hollow in the surface of the human body; as: (a) The hollow place under the shoulder
or arm; the axilla, or armpit. (b) See Pit of the stomach (c) The indentation or mark left by a pustule,
as in smallpox.
5. Formerly, that part of a theater, on the floor of the house, below the level of the stage and behind the
orchestra; now, in England, commonly the part behind the stalls; in the United States, the parquet; also,
the occupants of such a part of a theater.
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