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[flint-lok] /ˈflɪntˌlɒk/
an outmoded gunlock in which a piece of flint striking against steel produces sparks that ignite the priming.
a firearm with such a lock.
Origin of flintlock
1675-85; flint + lock1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for flintlock
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  • And old flintlock has voiced the sentiments of the entire party.

  • The mossback cannot win, because he prefers a flintlock to a Mauser.

    Chapters in Rural Progress Kenyon L. Butterfield
  • Goodman Cory had halted short of the window, crucified by uncertainty, the flintlock a stiff burden.

    Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn
  • Silver glittered about the flintlock and the hardwood stock of his gun.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • A French officer ten yards away in the corrupted snow gracefully lifted his flintlock and shot Goodman Cory through the heart.

    Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn
  • The parted edges disclosed also the butts of two flintlock pistols.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • There was, he knew, a piece of the broken cooking pot the West African usually loads his flintlock gun with embedded in his leg.

    Long Odds Harold Bindloss
  • If not he knows nothing of flintlock guns, and I must explain.

    The Big Brother George Cary Eggleston
  • How Phil wished his Winchester were a flintlock musket just at that moment.

  • The weapon, according to the times, was a flintlock, single-barreled muzzle-loader.

    Dynamite Stories Hudson Maxim
British Dictionary definitions for flintlock


an obsolete gunlock in which the charge is ignited by a spark produced by a flint in the hammer
a firearm having such a lock
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for flintlock

1680s as a type of musket-firing mechanism, from flint + lock (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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