flint

[ flint ]
/ flɪnt /

noun

a hard stone, a form of silica resembling chalcedony but more opaque, less pure, and less lustrous.
a piece of this, especially as used for striking fire.
a chunk of this used as a primitive tool or as the core from which such a tool was struck.
something very hard or unyielding.
a small piece of metal, usually an iron alloy, used to produce a spark to ignite the fuel in a cigarette lighter.

verb (used with object)

to furnish with flint.

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Origin of flint

before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Middle Dutch vlint, Danish flint; cf. plinth

OTHER WORDS FROM flint

flint·like, adjective

Definition for flint (2 of 2)

Flint
[ flint ]
/ flɪnt /

noun

Austin,1812–86, U.S. physician: founder of Bellevue and Buffalo medical colleges.
his sonAustin,1836–1915, U.S. physiologist and physician.
a city in SE Michigan.
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British Dictionary definitions for flint (1 of 2)

flint
/ (flɪnt) /

noun

an impure opaque microcrystalline greyish-black form of quartz that occurs in chalk. It produces sparks when struck with steel and is used in the manufacture of pottery, flint glass, and road-construction materials. Formula: SiO 2
any piece of flint, esp one used as a primitive tool or for striking fire
a small cylindrical piece of an iron alloy, used in cigarette lighters
Also called: flint glass, white flint colourless glass other than plate glass

verb

(tr) to fit or provide with a flint

Word Origin for flint

Old English; related to Old High German flins, Old Swedish flinta splinter of stone, Latin splendēre to shine

British Dictionary definitions for flint (2 of 2)

Flint
/ (flɪnt) /

noun

a town in NE Wales, in Flintshire, on the Dee estuary. Pop: 11 936 (2001)
a city in SE Michigan: closure of the car production plants led to a high level of unemployment. Pop: 120 292 (2003 est)
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Scientific definitions for flint

flint
[ flĭnt ]

A very hard, gray to black variety of chalcedony that makes sparks when it is struck with steel. It breaks with a conchoidal fracture.
The dark gray to black variety of chert.
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