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wheel lock

an old type of gunlock in which sparks are produced by the friction of a small steel wheel against a piece of iron pyrites.
a gun having such a gunlock.
Origin of wheel lock
1660-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for wheel-lock
Historical Examples
  • The guns and the pistols were all flint-locks, for at this time matchlock and wheel-lock had about gone out of use.

  • The wheel-lock was superseded by the trigger and the hammer, still with flint.

  • The wheel-lock was rarely used for infantry arms, but was of necessity employed by cavalry, where the match was inconvenient.

    Armour in England J. Starkie Gardner
  • There are numerous variations in the wheel-lock of all dates and of many nationalities.

    Armour in England J. Starkie Gardner
  • To ignite the powder the "wheel-lock" and "snap-haunce" were invented by the Germans in the sixteenth century.

    Inventions in the Century William Henry Doolittle
  • Or with smaller game—I fancy I could hit a pheasant with a wheel-lock if I went alone, and flushed the bird myself.

    The Hills and the Vale Richard Jefferies
  • wheel-lock of blued steel, with gold and silver inlay, and wheel-guard of tracery in thin gold.

    Armour in England J. Starkie Gardner
  • The next innovation was the wheel-lock, a weapon which possessed a metal disc provided with a serrated edge.

    Chats on Military Curios Stanley C. Johnson
  • First the match-lock, wheel-lock, flint-lock, percussion lock.

  • From the rough lime-plastered walls hung a cutlass, a battle-axe, and a wheel-lock musket.

    The Knight of Malta Eugene Sue
British Dictionary definitions for wheel-lock

wheel lock

a gunlock formerly in use in which the firing mechanism was activated by sparks produced by friction between a small steel wheel and a flint
a gun having such a lock
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