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wheel lock

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noun
  1. an old type of gunlock in which sparks are produced by the friction of a small steel wheel against a piece of iron pyrites.
  2. a gun having such a gunlock.
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Origin of wheel lock

First recorded in 1660–70
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Examples from the Web for wheel lock

Historical Examples

  • The wheel-lock was superseded by the trigger and the hammer, still with flint.

    Records of Woodhall Spa and Neighbourhood

    J. Conway Walter

  • There are numerous variations in the wheel-lock of all dates and of many nationalities.

    Armour in England

    J. Starkie Gardner

  • First the match-lock, wheel-lock, flint-lock, percussion lock.

  • Wheel-lock of blued steel, with gold and silver inlay, and wheel-guard of tracery in thin gold.

    Armour in England

    J. Starkie Gardner

  • A result of the introduction of the wheel-lock was the invention of pistols, which never carry match-locks.

    Armour in England

    J. Starkie Gardner


British Dictionary definitions for wheel lock

wheel lock

noun
  1. a gunlock formerly in use in which the firing mechanism was activated by sparks produced by friction between a small steel wheel and a flint
  2. a gun having such a lock
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