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Definition of flint

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1 : a massive hard dark quartz that produces a spark when struck by steel
2 : an implement of flint used in prehistoric cultures
3a : a piece of flint
b : a material used for producing a spark especially : an alloy (as of iron and cerium) used in lighters
4 : something resembling flint in hardness


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Definition of Flint (Entry 2 of 3)

Austin: father 1812–1886 and son 1836–1915 American physicians


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Definition of Flint (Entry 3 of 3)

1 river 265 miles (426 kilometers) long in western Georgia flowing south and southwest into Lake Seminole
2 city in southeast central Michigan north-northwest of Detroit population 102,434
3 or Flintshire \ ˈflint-​ˌshir How to pronounce Flint (audio) , -​shər \ administrative area of northeastern Wales bordering England and the Irish Sea area 169 square miles (438 square kilometers), population 152,506

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flintlike \ ˈflint-​ˌlīk How to pronounce Flint (audio) \ adjective

It Isn't Hard to Learn the Meaning of Flint

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.

Examples of flint in a Sentence

Noun the flint in a cigarette lighter
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The chamber where the deer carvings are located held the remains of up to ten people, some of them cremated, as well as a whetstone, a greenstone ax and a flint knife. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 June 2021 Hunters may have used flint tools—some of which were found alongside the fragment—to fashion the engravings, according to the Jerusalem Post. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Feb. 2021 Beyond bone points, the tides washing over Dutch beaches drop shark teeth, flint tools made by Neanderthals, fossils from long-extinct mammoths and other treasures. Bridget Alex, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Dec. 2020 And place their bodies in our circles’ centers, To wash the wounds while certain songs are sounded, Removing bits of flint and painted splinters. Jennifer Reeser, National Review, 17 Dec. 2020 That concept comes to fruition with Sukeina’s Silex collection, a 6-piece capsule of cozy new silhouettes named after the ground flint that has been used to create fire and tools since the Stone Age. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 8 Dec. 2020 The team is installed in a traditional flint-stone barn. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, 13 Nov. 2020 Neolithic flint might be found near a Tudor shoe, medieval buckles in the same vicinity as Victorian toys. William Booth, Washington Post, 13 Nov. 2020 There was no shelter, protection, or fire because the flint was broken right away from being worn out. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 23 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of flint


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for flint


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

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The first known use of flint was before the 12th century

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“Flint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flint. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners 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


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Kids Definition of flint

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

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