flintlock

[ flint-lok ]
/ ˈflɪntˌlɒk /

noun

an outmoded gunlock in which a piece of flint striking against steel produces sparks that ignite the priming.
a firearm with such a lock.

Origin of flintlock

First recorded in 1675–85; flint + lock1
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British Dictionary definitions for flintlock

flintlock

/ (ˈflɪntˌlɒk) /

noun

an obsolete gunlock in which the charge is ignited by a spark produced by a flint in the hammer
a firearm having such a lock
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Word Origin and History for flintlock

flintlock


n.

1680s as a type of musket-firing mechanism, from flint + lock (n.1).

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