firelock
noun Date: 1547 1. a gun's lock employing a slow match to ignite the powder charge; also a gun having such a lock 2. a. flintlock b. wheel lock

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  • Firelock — Fire lock , n. An old form of gunlock, as the flintlock, which ignites the priming by a spark; perhaps originally, a matchlock. Hence, a gun having such a lock. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • firelock — [fīr′läk΄] n. 1. an early type of gunlock in which the priming was ignited by sparks; wheel lock or flintlock 2. an early type of musket with such a lock …   English World dictionary

  • firelock — /fuyeur lok /, n. a gun having a lock in which the priming is ignited by sparks struck from flint and steel, as the flintlock musket. [1540 50; FIRE + LOCK1] * * * …   Universalium

  • firelock — noun An old form of gunlock, as the flintlock, which ignites the priming by a spark …   Wiktionary

  • firelock — n. muzzle loader having a flintlock type of gunlock …   English contemporary dictionary

  • firelock — noun historical a musket in which the priming is ignited by sparks …   English new terms dictionary

  • firelock — fire•lock [[t]ˈfaɪərˌlɒk[/t]] n. mil a gun having a lock in which the priming is ignited by sparks struck from flint and steel, as the flintlock musket …   From formal English to slang

  • firelock — /ˈfaɪəlɒk/ (say fuyuhlok) noun 1. the flintlock musket, in whose lock the priming is ignited by sparks struck from flint and steel. 2. (formerly) a soldier armed with such a gun …   Australian English dictionary

  • firelock — n. hist. a musket in which the priming was ignited by sparks …   Useful english dictionary

  • Militia Acts of 1792 — The Militia Act of 1792 was a series of statutes enacted by the second United States Congress in 1792. The act provided for the President of the United States to take command of the state militias in times of imminent invasion or insurrection.… …   Wikipedia

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