flintlock

noun

flint·​lock ˈflint-ˌläk How to pronounce flintlock (audio)
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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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Remington, the country’s oldest gun maker, began making flintlock rifles in 1816. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 13 Nov. 2021 Remington, the country's oldest gun maker, began making flintlock rifles in 1816. Jeff Amy, ajc, 8 Nov. 2021 Remington, the country's oldest gun maker, began making flintlock rifles in 1816. CBS News, 8 Nov. 2021 To date, the legal debate over the Second Amendment has largely assumed that gun technology unfolds over time according to a single, linear logic, from the colonial flintlock musket to the modern AR-15. Jennifer Tucker, CNN, 20 Oct. 2021 Today, the highly popular civilian AR-15 is a vastly different and substantially more lethal machine than the flintlock muskets that were in use when the Founders crafted the Second Amendment. Jennifer Tucker, CNN, 20 Oct. 2021 In the left talon is a cocked flintlock pistol, which symbolizes land warfare and a state of constant readiness. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 21 Oct. 2020 In the left talon is a cocked flintlock pistol, which symbolizes land warfare and a state of constant readiness. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 21 Oct. 2020 Firing demonstrations of reproduction flintlock muskets take place on weekends. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, 28 June 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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 5 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition

flintlock

noun

flint·​lock ˈflint-ˌläk How to pronounce flintlock (audio)
: an old-fashioned firearm using a piece of flint for striking a spark to fire the charge

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