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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
First recorded in 1675-85; flint + lock1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for flintlock
Historical Examples
  • The parted edges disclosed also the butts of two flintlock pistols.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • Silver glittered about the flintlock and the hardwood stock of his gun.

    The Rescue Joseph Conrad
  • Dave took the shotgun an' pap has grandpap's flintlock, but Billy didn't have a gun.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • If not he knows nothing of flintlock guns, and I must explain.

    The Big Brother

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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.

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  • It was still a long shot from him, as he had only a smooth-bore, flintlock gun.

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  • "I hope that's sent them about their business," said Reeves, as he reloaded the flintlock.

    Captured at Tripoli Percy F. Westerman
  • The weapon, according to the times, was a flintlock, single-barreled muzzle-loader.

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  • We would strike fire by means of the flintlock gun which we had with us.

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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