noun \ˈflint\

: 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

:  a massive hard dark quartz that produces a spark when struck by steel
:  an implement of flint used in prehistoric cultures
a :  a piece of flint
b :  a material used for producing a spark; especially :  an alloy (as of iron and cerium) used in lighters
:  something resembling flint in hardness
flint·like \-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

Other Archaeology Terms

Attic, Byzantine, Paleolithic, cairn, core, horizon, neolithic, shard, stratum


biographical name \ˈflint\

Definition of FLINT

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


geographical name \ˈflint\

Definition of FLINT

river 265 miles (426 kilometers) W Georgia flowing S & SW into Lake Seminole
city SE cen Michigan NNW of Detroit pop 102,434
or Flint·shire \-ˌshir, -shər\ administrative area of NE Wales area 169 square miles (438 square kilometers)


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