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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 Flintshire (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 flintlike (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 Radiocarbon dating at Abu Hureyra revealed that the village was rebuilt very shortly after the impact by people who used the same kind of bone and flint tools as the settlement’s first occupants. Javier Barbuzano / Eos, Smithsonian Magazine, "A Comet May Have Destroyed This Paleolithic Village 12,800 Years Ago," 6 Apr. 2020 The tool from France was a sharp-edged flint used for cutting, and the string could have tied it to a handle, Hardy said. Tom Metcalfe, NBC News, "A 50,000-year-old piece of string hints at Neanderthal intelligence, scientists say," 9 Apr. 2020 Go over using flint and a glass lens. Incorporate a little chemistry by lighting steel wool on fire with a battery. Christine Peterson, Outdoor Life, "11 Outdoor Skills You Can Teach Your Child," 24 Mar. 2020 Like desperately striking metal against flint, Democratic candidates for Senate are looking for a spark to propel them not only in the primary, but in the November general election against Cornyn. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Democratic U.S. Senate hopefuls need spark in sleepy primary race to challenge incumbent John Cornyn," 9 Feb. 2020 The Quapaw and Caddo peoples lived here for thousands of years, mining the region’s ubiquitous novaculite, a type of flint stone, for weapons. Washington Post, "Soaking up history in Arkansas’ Hot Springs National Park," 7 Feb. 2020 His hair was unruly and his large, blunt fingers were usually fishing for a cigarette, except when preoccupied with his favourite hobby: knapping prehistoric flint tools. 1843, "The fight to preserve a 44,000-year-old painting," 20 Feb. 2020 Empty Altoids tins have been used to make excellent char cloth boxes for flint and steel fire making. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "15 Everyday Survival Supplies You Should Buy Online," 27 Nov. 2019 Chert is a subgroup of sedimentary rock and includes flint, opal, and jasper. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Our Ancient Ancestors Were Pretty Excellent Engineers," 5 Feb. 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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15 May 2020

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“Flint.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flint. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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