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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Examples of flintlock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Firing demonstrations of reproduction flintlock muskets take place on weekends. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, 28 June 2021 The Oba’s soldiers had flintlock rifles, bows and arrows, and clubs; the British had 38 Maxim machine guns. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, 4 June 2021 Company founder Eliphalet Remington started making flintlock rifles on his father's forge near here in 1816, and the Ilion factory site dates to 1828. Michael Hill, Star Tribune, 1 Nov. 2020 In the late 18th century, there was no one more associated with flintlock dueling pistols than Robert Wogdon. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, 2 July 2020 In the late 18th century, there was no one more associated with flintlock dueling pistols than Robert Wogdon. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, 2 July 2020 In the late 18th century, there was no one more associated with flintlock dueling pistols than Robert Wogdon. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, 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, 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, 20 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of flintlock

1683, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of flintlock was in 1683

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“Flintlock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flintlock. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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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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