flintlock

noun
flint·​lock | \ ˈflint-ˌläk How to pronounce flintlock (audio) \

Definition of flintlock

1 : a lock for a gun or pistol having a flint in the hammer for striking a spark to ignite the charge
2 : a firearm fitted with a flintlock

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Recent Examples on the Web In the late 18th century, there was no one more associated with flintlock dueling pistols than Robert Wogdon. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Duels, Blood, And Politics: The Little-Known History of the Gun That Killed Alexander Hamilton," 2 July 2020 In the left talon is a cocked flintlock pistol, which symbolizes land warfare and a state of constant readiness. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Understanding “The Budweiser”: The History of the Navy SEAL Trident," 26 Nov. 2019 Using parts from any number of online vendors, a gun hobbyist could build his own Colonial-era flintlock rifle or a Wild West replica six-shooter. BostonGlobe.com, "‘Ghost guns’ made from kits are untraceable — and legal - The Boston Globe," 20 Oct. 2019 Asameni holds a Danish flintlock gun in his right hand and a bunch of keys in his left hand. Rachel Ama Asaa Engmann, Quartz Africa, "A Ghanaian royal family’s conflict of collaboration and resistance in the African slave trade," 13 July 2019 But a journalist who parachutes into the Sixth District, expecting to write about tax policy or health care, soon ends up pondering stranger questions: Is civility simply outmoded in 2018, the equivalent of bringing a flintlock musket to a gunfight? Kyle Peterson, WSJ, "A House Majority by ‘Any Means Necessary’," 19 Oct. 2018 August 28th Brian McClellan has made a name for himself with his The Power Mage and Gods of Blood and Powder flintlock fantasy trilogies. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "All the science fiction and fantasy books that you should check out this month," 1 Aug. 2018 In the late 18th century, there was no one more associated with flintlock dueling pistols than Robert Wogdon. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Duels, Blood, And Politics: The Little-Known History of the Gun That Killed Alexander Hamilton," 6 June 2018 Guns have always been part of our story, since the beginning, when flintlock muskets were the instruments of our American Revolution. Petula Dvorak, Washington Post, "Can Americans ditch guns the way we ditched cigarettes?," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of flintlock

1683, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Aug 2020

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“Flintlock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flintlock. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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flintlock

noun
flint·​lock | \ ˈflint-ˌläk How to pronounce flintlock (audio) \

Kids Definition of flintlock

: an old-fashioned firearm using a piece of flint for striking a spark to fire the charge

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