\ ˈflint How to pronounce flint (audio) \

Definition of flint

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

Other Words from flint

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

Examples of flint in a Sentence

the flint in a cigarette lighter
Recent Examples on the Web Its tender evocations of the way a crush can turn someone else’s body into flint and tinder, an object of almost holy reverence, sing like a choir every time. Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2022 Deep golden colored wine with aromas of honey, melon, grapefruit and flint. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 3 July 2022 As the last Ice Age waned, some 15,000 years ago, artists here used flint and stone blades to carve rock surfaces with geometric designs and motifs, as well as a menagerie of ancient animal forms. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Apr. 2022 These natural springs were an attraction for the earliest Americans, who harvested the sharp flint rock of the surrounding mountains — now known as Arkansas stone — to create cutting tools long before the arrival of Europeans. Fox News, 29 June 2022 This Muscadet includes aromas of pumpkin pie, tropical fruits such as mandarins, and flint. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 22 May 2022 This unfiltered wine that ages for a year in French oak includes aromas of green apples, gunpowder, flint and salt water taffy. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 31 Oct. 2021 The Ika team came from behind to win, scoring a pot, machete and flint. al, 9 Mar. 2022 Wet-stone minerality and a touch of flint balance high-soaring white blossom and citrus aromas over an interplay of stone fruit and grapefruit. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, 7 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for flint


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Kids Definition of flint

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

Flint biographical name

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Definition of Flint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


geographical name
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Definition of Flint (Entry 2 of 2)

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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