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[fahyuh r-lok]
  1. a gun having a lock in which the priming is ignited by sparks struck from flint and steel, as the flintlock musket.
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Origin of firelock

First recorded in 1540–50; fire + lock1
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Examples from the Web for firelock

Historical Examples

  • Does your honor mane to say that you are going to shoulder a firelock, and just go as privates?

    The Young Franc Tireurs

    G. A. Henty

  • He looked at me wildly, and I saw the firelock he held tremble in his hand.

    Mass' George

    George Manville Fenn

  • Well, let this be a lesson to you, my lad, to keep your firelock in order.

    The Young Castellan

    George Manville Fenn

  • After one year scholars are to be taught fencing and the use of the firelock.

  • I know him by the way he cocks his eye down on his firelock, sir.

British Dictionary definitions for firelock


  1. an obsolete type of gunlock with a priming mechanism ignited by sparks
  2. a gun or musket having such a lock
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