wheel lock

wheel lock

Device for igniting the powder in a firearm such as a musket. Developed c. 1515, the wheel lock struck a spark to ignite powder in the pan of a musket by means of a holder that pressed a shard of flint or a piece of iron pyrite against an iron wheel with a milled edge; the wheel rotated and sparks flew. The principle was used in the design of the flint-and-wheel cigarette lighter. See also flintlock.

This entry comes from Encyclopædia Britannica Concise.
For the full entry on wheel lock, visit Britannica.com.

Seen & Heard

What made you look up wheel lock? Please tell us what you were reading, watching or discussing that led you here.

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More