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flint

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noun \ˈflint\

Simple Definition of flint

  • : a hard type of rock that produces a small piece of burning material (called a spark) when it is hit by steel

  • : a piece of flint

  • : a piece of metal used for producing a spark

Full Definition of flint

  1. 1 :  a massive hard dark quartz that produces a spark when struck by steel

  2. 2 :  an implement of flint used in prehistoric cultures

  3. 3 a :  a piece of flint b :  a material used for producing a spark; especially :  an alloy (as of iron and cerium) used in lighters

  4. 4 :  something resembling flint in hardness

flint·like play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of flint

  1. the flint in a cigarette lighter



Origin of flint

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German flins pebble, hard stone


First Known Use: before 12th century

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Flint

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biographical name \ˈflint\

Definition of Flint

  1. Austin: father 1812–1886 & son 1836–1915 Am. physicians




Flint

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geographical name \ˈflint\

Definition of Flint

  1. 1 river 265 miles (426 kilometers) W Georgia flowing S & SW into Lake Seminole

  2. 2 city SE cen Michigan NNW of Detroit pop 102,434

  3. 3 or Flint·shire play \-ˌshir, -shər\ administrative area of NE Wales area 169 square miles (438 square kilometers)




FLINT Defined for Kids

flint

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noun \ˈflint\

Definition of flint

  1. :  a very hard stone that produces a spark when struck by steel




Flint

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geographical name \ˈflint\

Definition of Flint

  1. city SE Michigan





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