Matchlock
Matchlock Match"lock`, n. An old form of gunlock containing a match for firing the priming; hence, a musket fired by means of a match. [1913 Webster]

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  • matchlock — 1690s, from MATCH (Cf. match) (n.1), in reference to the firing mechanism, + LOCK (Cf. lock) (n.1) in the firearm sense (1540s); probably so called for its resemblance to a door latching device …   Etymology dictionary

  • matchlock — [mach′läk΄] n. 1. an old type of gunlock in which the charge of powder was ignited by a slow burning MATCH1 (sense 1) 2. a musket with such a gunlock …   English World dictionary

  • Matchlock — Early German musket with serpentine lock The matchlock was the first mechanism, or lock invented to facilitate the firing of a hand held firearm. This design removed the need to lower by hand a lit match into the weapon s flash pan and made it… …   Wikipedia

  • matchlock — /mach lok /, n. 1. an old form of gunlock in which the priming was ignited by a slow match. 2. a hand gun, usually a musket, with such a lock. [1630 40; MATCH1 + LOCK1] * * * Device for igniting gunpowder, invented in the 15th century. The first… …   Universalium

  • matchlock — noun Date: circa 1637 1. a musket equipped with a matchlock 2. a slow burning match lowered over a hole in the breech of a musket to ignite the charge …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • matchlock — noun /ˈmatʃlɒk,ˈmætʃlɑk/ a) Early type of firearm, using a smoldering piece of cord to fire the powder in the firing pan. I crept silently up the hill road, but the fuse of my matchlock was wetted with the rain, and I could not slay Daoud Shah… …   Wiktionary

  • Matchlock — Platine à mèche Pour les articles homonymes, voir Platine (homonymie). Armes à platine à mèche de la dynastie Ming La platine …   Wikipédia en Français

  • matchlock — mætʃlÉ‘k / lÑ„k n. gunlock, mechanism which fires ammunition on a handgun or rifle …   English contemporary dictionary

  • matchlock — noun an old fashioned type of gun with a lock in which a piece of wick was used for igniting the powder …   English new terms dictionary

  • matchlock — match•lock [[t]ˈmætʃˌlɒk[/t]] n. 1) mil a gunlock that ignites the charge by a slow match 2) mil a gun, usu. a musket, with such a lock • Etymology: 1630–40 …   From formal English to slang

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