Death while we stood with the musket, and death while we stoopt to the spade.
All those who could bear a musket were gone to meet the invasion.
"Let me see if I could take aim," said Joe, deliberately pointing his musket through the loophole.
There are six thousand men of a sort in the camp, but not one in five carries a musket.
Thus in the case of the musket barrel the bore is first made correct.
You were not hit by the bullet from the redcoat's musket, Dick?
In other cases in New Amsterdam a musket was tied to each foot of the disgraced man.
Take up your musket at once, or you will have me to deal with!
I suppose they'll lay the navy up in ordinary, and we poor fellows will join the sorefoots with a musket over our shoulders.
I may carry my musket in the ranks, but I'll not surrender my birthright!'
"firearm for infantry" (later replaced by the rifle), 1580s, from Middle French mousquette, also the name of a kind of sparrow-hawk, diminutive of mosca "a fly," from Latin musca (see midge). The hawk so called either for its size or because it looks speckled when in flight. Early firearms often were given names of beasts (cf. dragoon), and the equivalent word in Italian was used to mean "an arrow for a crossbow." The French word was borrowed earlier into English (early 15c.) in its literal sense of "sparrow-hawk."