Definition of taser in English:

taser

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Pronunciation: /ˈteɪzə
 
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noun

  • A weapon firing barbs attached by wires to batteries, causing temporary paralysis.
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    • The weapon was a taser, a stun gun that temporarily numbs your body with 50,000 volts of energy.
    • There was pepper spray, tasers, stun guns, and you know, stuff like that.
    • If you want to arm pilots, it would be much smarter to give them billy clubs or tasers.

verb

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  • Fire a taser at (someone) in order to incapacitate them temporarily.
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    • During protests over the past two days, at least a few students were tasered.
    • This year, after a 16-year-old was hit by a speeding police car, with no sirens or flashing lights, her distraught boyfriend was tasered.
    • I got pepper sprayed and tasered.

Origin

1970s: from the initial letters of Tom Swift's electric rifle (a fictitious weapon), on the pattern of laser.

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