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gunlock

[guhn-lok] /ˈgʌnˌlɒk/
noun
1.
the mechanism of a firearm by which the charge is exploded.
Origin of gunlock
1645-1655
1645-55; gun1 + lock1
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  • Si clicked his gunlock, and waited till he had counted 25 rebels gathered there, which seemed to be all, as no more appeared.

  • Shorty's thumb played a little with his gunlock, but Si restrained him with a look.

  • Fowler took to a tree, and shot Indians till his gunlock got out of order.

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  • Inside it was a clock, which could be set to run a certain time and then loosen a sort of gunlock.

  • A bombshell filled with gunpowder, a gunlock, and a small clock, have been suggested as forming the components of this invention.

  • Shorty turned around and backed up to him so that the calves of their legs touched, and began intently studying his gunlock.

  • He arranged a system of signals with Shorty, by which one click of his gunlock meant halt, and two to come ahead.

British Dictionary definitions for gunlock

gunlock

/ˈɡʌnˌlɒk/
noun
1.
the mechanism in some firearms that causes the charge to be exploded
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