[ flint ]
/ flɪnt /
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 flintflint·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for flinting (1 of 2)
/ (flɪnt) /
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)
British Dictionary definitions for flinting (2 of 2)
/ (flɪnt) /
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
Old English; related to Old High German flins, Old Swedish flinta splinter of stone, Latin splendēre to shine
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Scientific definitions for flinting
[ 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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