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gunlock

[guhn-lok]
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noun
  1. the mechanism of a firearm by which the charge is exploded.
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Origin of gunlock

First recorded in 1645–55; gun1 + lock1
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Examples from the Web for gunlock

Historical Examples

  • Fowler took to a tree, and shot Indians till his gunlock got out of order.

    Stories Of Ohio

    William Dean Howells

  • Shorty's thumb played a little with his gunlock, but Si restrained him with a look.

  • Inside it was a clock, which could be set to run a certain time and then loosen a sort of gunlock.

  • A bombshell filled with gunpowder, a gunlock, and a small clock, have been suggested as forming the components of this invention.

  • Shorty turned around and backed up to him so that the calves of their legs touched, and began intently studying his gunlock.


British Dictionary definitions for gunlock

gunlock

noun
  1. the mechanism in some firearms that causes the charge to be exploded
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