flint

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noun \ˈflint\

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. 3a :  a piece of flintb :  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

flintlike

play \ˈflint-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of flint in a sentence

  1. the flint in a cigarette lighter

Did You Know?

A somewhat impure variety of quartz, flint is usually gray to brown or nearly black in color. It is very hard, producing a spark when struck with steel. Flint provided one of the main sources of tools and weapons for Stone Age people. It is used today as an abrasive agent on sandpapers and in mills that grind raw materials for the ceramic and paint industries.

Origin and Etymology 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 and son 1836–1915 American physicians


Flint

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geographical name \ˈflint\

Definition of Flint

  1. 1 river 265 miles (426 kilometers) long in western Georgia flowing south and southwest into Lake Seminole

  2. 2 city in southeast central Michigan north-northwest of Detroit population 102,434

  3. 3 or Flintshire \-ˌshir, -shər\play administrative area of northeastern Wales bordering England and the Irish Sea area 169 square miles (438 square kilometers), population 152,506


FLINT Defined for English Language Learners

flint

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noun \ˈflint\

Definition of flint for English Language Learners

  • : 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


FLINT Defined for Kids

flint

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noun \ˈflint\

Definition of flint for Students

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


Flint

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geographical name \ˈflint\

Definition of Flint for Students

  1. city SE Michigan



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