Flint stone
Flint Flint, n. [AS. flint, akin to Sw. flinta, Dan. flint; cf. OHG. flins flint, G. flinte gun (cf. E. flintlock), perh. akin to Gr. ? brick. Cf. {Plinth}.] 1. (Min.) A massive, somewhat impure variety of quartz, in color usually of a gray to brown or nearly black, breaking with a conchoidal fracture and sharp edge. It is very hard, and strikes fire with steel. [1913 Webster]

2. A piece of flint for striking fire; -- formerly much used, esp. in the hammers of gun locks. [1913 Webster]

3. Anything extremely hard, unimpressible, and unyielding, like flint. ``A heart of flint.'' --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

{Flint age}. (Geol.) Same as {Stone age}, under {Stone}.

{Flint brick}, a fire made principially of powdered silex.

{Flint glass}. See in the Vocabulary.

{Flint implements} (Arch[ae]ol.), tools, etc., employed by men before the use of metals, such as axes, arrows, spears, knives, wedges, etc., which were commonly made of flint, but also of granite, jade, jasper, and other hard stones.

{Flint mill}. (a) (Pottery) A mill in which flints are ground. (b) (Mining) An obsolete appliance for lighting the miner at his work, in which flints on a revolving wheel were made to produce a shower of sparks, which gave light, but did not inflame the fire damp. --Knight.

{Flint stone}, a hard, siliceous stone; a flint.

{Flint wall}, a kind of wall, common in England, on the face of which are exposed the black surfaces of broken flints set in the mortar, with quions of masonry.

{Liquor of flints}, a solution of silica, or flints, in potash.

{To skin a flint}, to be capable of, or guilty of, any expedient or any meanness for making money. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • flint stone — hard type of stone …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Flint — Flint, n. [AS. flint, akin to Sw. flinta, Dan. flint; cf. OHG. flins flint, G. flinte gun (cf. E. flintlock), perh. akin to Gr. ? brick. Cf. {Plinth}.] 1. (Min.) A massive, somewhat impure variety of quartz, in color usually of a gray to brown or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Flint age — Flint Flint, n. [AS. flint, akin to Sw. flinta, Dan. flint; cf. OHG. flins flint, G. flinte gun (cf. E. flintlock), perh. akin to Gr. ? brick. Cf. {Plinth}.] 1. (Min.) A massive, somewhat impure variety of quartz, in color usually of a gray to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Flint brick — Flint Flint, n. [AS. flint, akin to Sw. flinta, Dan. flint; cf. OHG. flins flint, G. flinte gun (cf. E. flintlock), perh. akin to Gr. ? brick. Cf. {Plinth}.] 1. (Min.) A massive, somewhat impure variety of quartz, in color usually of a gray to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Flint glass — Flint Flint, n. [AS. flint, akin to Sw. flinta, Dan. flint; cf. OHG. flins flint, G. flinte gun (cf. E. flintlock), perh. akin to Gr. ? brick. Cf. {Plinth}.] 1. (Min.) A massive, somewhat impure variety of quartz, in color usually of a gray to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Flint implements — Flint Flint, n. [AS. flint, akin to Sw. flinta, Dan. flint; cf. OHG. flins flint, G. flinte gun (cf. E. flintlock), perh. akin to Gr. ? brick. Cf. {Plinth}.] 1. (Min.) A massive, somewhat impure variety of quartz, in color usually of a gray to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Flint mill — Flint Flint, n. [AS. flint, akin to Sw. flinta, Dan. flint; cf. OHG. flins flint, G. flinte gun (cf. E. flintlock), perh. akin to Gr. ? brick. Cf. {Plinth}.] 1. (Min.) A massive, somewhat impure variety of quartz, in color usually of a gray to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Flint wall — Flint Flint, n. [AS. flint, akin to Sw. flinta, Dan. flint; cf. OHG. flins flint, G. flinte gun (cf. E. flintlock), perh. akin to Gr. ? brick. Cf. {Plinth}.] 1. (Min.) A massive, somewhat impure variety of quartz, in color usually of a gray to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stone Age — the period in the history of humankind, preceding the Bronze Age and the Iron Age, and marked by the use of stone implements and weapons: subdivided into the Paleolithic, Mesolithic, and Neolithic periods. [1860 65] * * * First known period of… …   Universalium

  • Stone Age — The Stone Age is a broad prehistoric time period during which humans widely used stone for toolmaking.Stone tools were made from a variety of different kinds of stone. For example, flint and chert were shaped (or chipped ) for use as cutting… …   Wikipedia

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