Death while we stood with the musket, and death while we stoopt to the spade.
Captain Cook, as a last resource, fired a musket between them.
"Let me see if I could take aim," said Joe, deliberately pointing his musket through the loophole.
Upon this a musket with small shot was fired at his legs, on which he scampered off to the huts.
Thus in the case of the musket barrel the bore is first made correct.
There are some of us who like to be officers, but do not like carrying a musket in the ranks.
In other cases in New Amsterdam a musket was tied to each foot of the disgraced man.
The Indians, aware of the terrible power of the white man's musket, did not wait for a battle.
I suppose they'll lay the navy up in ordinary, and we poor fellows will join the sorefoots with a musket over our shoulders.
That musket is antiquated now, but it did much execution in former days.
"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."