a hard stone, a form of silica resembling chalcedony but more opaque, less pure, and less lustrous.
a piece of this, especially as used for striking fire.
a chunk of this used as a primitive tool or as the core from which such a tool was struck.
something very hard or unyielding.
a small piece of metal, usually an iron alloy, used to produce a spark to ignite the fuel in a cigarette lighter.
verb (used with object)
to furnish with flint.

before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Middle Dutch vlint, Danish flint; cf. plinth

flintlike, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged


Austin, 1812–86, U.S. physician: founder of Bellevue and Buffalo medical colleges.
his son, Austin, 1836–1915, U.S. physiologist and physician.
a city in SE Michigan.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To Flint
World English Dictionary
flint (flɪnt)
1.  an impure opaque microcrystalline greyish-black form of quartz that occurs in chalk. It produces sparks when struck with steel and is used in the manufacture of pottery, flint glass, and road-construction materials. Formula: SiO2
2.  any piece of flint, esp one used as a primitive tool or for striking fire
3.  a small cylindrical piece of an iron alloy, used in cigarette lighters
4.  flint glass, Also called: white flint colourless glass other than plate glass
5.  See optical flint
6.  (tr) to fit or provide with a flint
[Old English; related to Old High German flins, Old Swedish flinta splinter of stone, Latin splendēre to shine]

Flint (flɪnt)
1.  a town in NE Wales, in Flintshire, on the Dee estuary. Pop: 11 936 (2001)
2.  a city in SE Michigan: closure of the car production plants led to a high level of unemployment. Pop: 120 292 (2003 est)

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

O.E. flint "flint, rock," common Gmc. (cf. M.Du. vlint, O.H.G. flins, Dan. flint), from PIE *splind- "to split, cleave," from base *(s)plei- "to splice, split" (cf. Gk. plinthos "brick, tile," O.Ir. slind "brick"). Transferred senses were in O.E.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
American Heritage
Science Dictionary
flint   (flĭnt)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. A very hard, gray to black variety of chalcedony that makes sparks when it is struck with steel. It breaks with a conchoidal fracture.

  2. The dark gray to black variety of chert.

The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Bible Dictionary

Flint definition

abounds in all the plains and valleys of the wilderness of the forty years' wanderings. In Isa. 50:7 and Ezek. 3:9 the expressions, where the word is used, means that the "Messiah would be firm and resolute amidst all contempt and scorn which he would meet; that he had made up his mind to endure it, and would not shrink from any kind or degree of suffering which would be necessary to accomplish the great work in which he was engaged." (Comp. Ezek. 3:8, 9.) The words "like a flint" are used with reference to the hoofs of horses (Isa. 5:28).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
Cite This Source
Example sentences for Flint
There is evidence of the exchange of obsidian and flint during the stone age.
They used small tools made of flint or bone, which have been found near the coast.
Cerium is a major component of ferrocerium, also known as lighter flint.
It is common to find flint and chert nodules embedded in chalk.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature