- 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.
- to furnish with flint.
Origin of flint
- 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.
Examples from the Web for flint
Contemporary Examples of flint
“If you are a waiter, you can make twice as much in Austin relative to Flint,” remarked Moretti.The Rustbelt Roars Back From the Dead
Joel Kotkin, Richey Piiparinen
December 7, 2014
That side is volunteering extensively in his hometown of Flint, and recently, pastoring Charity United Methodist Church.A Black Cop’s Tough Words for Mike Brown
Mary M. Chapman
December 3, 2014
The third eaglet was never found despite a search by the Flint Creek volunteers and the landowner.He Faces Jail for Rescuing Baby Eagles
November 2, 2014
Born in Flint, Michigan, Bragman says he was a “fat gay Jewish kid… who grew up to be a Martian.”How Howard Bragman Orchestrated Michael Sam’s Coming Out
March 12, 2014
Either way, a whistle, just a flint of music, rang out that Sunday.From Emmett Till to Jordan Davis, a Foolish, Lethal Fear of Black Teens
February 9, 2014
Historical Examples of flint
With a sharp piece of flint he cut the fur of the animal's back.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Red Morning had a club he had made, with a flint set into the side.The Trail Book
I am the steel, d'ye see, which knocks the valour out of your flint.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
Yet in all that time he only learned to grind his flint stones instead of chipping them.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
It was as the steel of my determination striking upon the flint of hers.Bardelys the Magnificent
- 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
- See optical flint
- (tr) to fit or provide with a flint
Word Origin for flint
- 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)
Word Origin and History for flint
Old English flint "flint, rock," common Germanic (cf. Middle Dutch vlint, Old High German flins, Danish flint), from PIE *splind- "to split, cleave," from root *(s)plei- "to splice, split" (cf. Greek plinthos "brick, tile," Old Irish slind "brick"). Transferred senses were in Old English.
- 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.