- a staff with one end forked to hold a match, formerly used in firing cannon.
Origin of linstock
Examples from the Web for linstock
Historical Examples of linstock
The first thing he perceived was the linstock cut in two by a pair of shears.'Midst the Wild Carpathians
This was applying the linstock to the priming with a vengeance.Jack in the Forecastle
John Sherburne Sleeper
So, throwing away the linstock, he began to run; and the Spaniards came up with him and killed him.The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898: Volume XXXI, 1640
Pop went the colonel's ready carbine, and the Malay fell over dead, and the linstock flew out of his hand.Hard Cash
It was attached to a linstock (fig. 18), a forked stick long enough to keep the cannoneer out of the way of the recoil.Artillery Through the Ages
- a long staff holding a lighted match, formerly used to fire a cannon
Word Origin for linstock
forked staff used for firing a cannon, 1570s, from Dutch lonstok, from lont "match" + stok "stick."