Flintlock Flint"lock`, n. 1. A lock for a gun or pistol, having a flint fixed in the hammer, which on striking the steel ignites the priming. [1913 Webster]

2. A hand firearm fitted with a flintlock; esp., the old-fashioned musket of European and other armies. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • flintlock — noun An early type of firearm, using a spring loaded flint to strike sparks into the firing pan …   Wiktionary

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