linstock
noun Etymology: Dutch lontstok, from lont match + stok stick Date: 1575 a staff having a pointed foot (as for sticking into the ground) and a forked tip and formerly used to hold a lighted match for firing cannon

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  • Linstock — Lin stock (l[i^]n st[o^]k), n. [Corrupt. fr. luntstock, D. lontstok; lont lunt + stok stock, stick. See {Link} a torch, {Lunt}, and {Stock}.] A pointed forked staff, shod with iron at the foot, to hold a lighted match for firing cannon. [Written… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • linstock — forked staff used for firing a cannon, 1570s, from Du. lonstok, from lont match + stok stick …   Etymology dictionary

  • linstock — [lin′stäk΄] n. [altered (by assoc. with LINT, used as tinder) < Du lontstok < lont, a match, lunt + stok, a stick] a long stick formerly used to hold a lighted match for firing a cannon …   English World dictionary

  • Linstock — A linstock (also called a lintstock) is a metre long staff with a fork at one end to hold a lighted slow match, [http://www.gggodwin.com/217.htm] The name was adapted from the Dutch lontstok , match stick .… …   Wikipedia

  • linstock — (a forked staff to hold a lighted match) see the cobbler to his last and the gunner to his linstock …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • linstock — /lin stok /, n. a staff with one end forked to hold a match, formerly used in firing cannon. [1565 75; earlier lyntstock < D lontstock match stick, with LINT r. lont by assoc. with the material commonly used as tinder] * * * …   Universalium

  • linstock — noun historical a long pole used to hold a match for firing a cannon. Origin C16: from earlier lintstock, from Du. lontstok, from lont match + stok stick …   English new terms dictionary

  • linstock — lin·stock …   English syllables

  • linstock — lin•stock [[t]ˈlɪnˌstɒk[/t]] n. mil a staff with one end forked to hold a match, formerly used in firing cannon • Etymology: 1565–75; < D lontstock matchstick …   From formal English to slang

  • linstock — n. hist. a match holder used to fire cannon. Etymology: earlier lintstock f. Du. lontstok f. lont match + stok stick, with assim. to LINT …   Useful english dictionary

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