from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The grip of a pistol, shaped to fit the hand.
  • n. A similar grip sometimes used on a submachine gun or other firearm.
  • n. A grip used on certain tools, such as a saw, shaped to fit the hand.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The grip by which a pistol is held in the hand
  • n. A similarly shaped grip on any of several firearms, swords and tools

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a handle (as of a gun or saw) shaped like the butt of a pistol


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  • Even though the Persuader had a pistol grip instead of a stock I raised it high to my shoulder and sighted carefully down the barrel.


  • The outline turned again: Janus saw, unmistakably, the shadow of a protrusion above the barrel, thicker than the barrel, that began above the pistol grip and ran no more than a quarter of the barrel’s length, where it flared out in a bell.

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