firelock

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n firelock a muzzle loader that had a flintlock type of gunlock
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Firelock An old form of gunlock, as the flintlock, which ignites the priming by a spark; perhaps originally, a matchlock. Hence, a gun having such a lock.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n firelock A musket or other gun discharged by means of some mechanical device which causes sparks by friction or concussion; specifically, a flintlock: distinguished from and superseding the matchlock, which was fired with a match; hence, one armed with such a gun. See cut under flintlock.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Firelock a gun in which the fire is caused by a lock with steel and flint
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. fýr; Ger. feuer; Gr. pyr.

Usage

In literature:

The three boats carried altogether thirty hands, armed with firelocks, cutlasses, and pistols.
"The Missing Ship" by W. H. G. Kingston
What he proposes is that he should put on a soldier's greatcoat and cap, and take a firelock and, in the dark, fall in with your party.
"Held Fast For England" by G. A. Henty
In vain the British and their allies fired away at every loophole and embrasure where a man's head or firelock was to be seen.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
I heard Wemple's ancient firelock explode, followed by the crack of his sons' rifles, and I saw an Indian running across the pasture.
"The Reckoning" by Robert W. Chambers
I meant to have three firelock men there.
"The Young Castellan" by George Manville Fenn
But every idler had his firelock close at hand, and all the time the sentinels on the bastions kept a sharp lookout.
"Four American Indians" by Edson L. Whitney
Firelocks and muskets were banging, and the surrounding woods swam in smoke.
"Peggy Owen and Liberty" by Lucy Foster Madison
Here and there a firelock lay from one to another, or a powder-horn or brace of pistols swung.
"The Story of Old Fort Loudon" by Charles Egbert Craddock
I could mark, by the clank of their firelocks and their regular step, that they were soldiers.
"Tom Burke Of "Ours", Volume I (of II)" by Charles James Lever
But just as he turned there came the shot of a firelock from higher up the hill; and with the very sound of it Glenure fell upon the road.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 10 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Both companies unused to the management of firelocks, but accustomed to war and carnage.
"The History and Records of the Elephant Club" by Knight Russ Ockside and Q. K. Philander Doesticks
After these came the marksmen with firelocks, bows, and cross-bows, some on horseback and some on foot.
"Durer" by M. F. Sweetser
We need no firelocks.
"Harper's Round Table, July 16, 1895" by Various
The earliest English troops raised as artillery personel were called the Regiment of Firelocks.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
The firelock could then be used for both missile and shock action, according to requirements.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3" by Various
As for himself, he said that he meant to march at the first drum-beat and carry his hammer if firelocks were lacking.
"Cardigan" by Robert W. Chambers
The "shooters" came next, armed with bows, cross-bows, and firelocks, some on horseback and some on foot.
"Caricature and Other Comic Art" by James Parton
Major Lyon was still unwilling to charge upon the rabble; for they had ceased to fire their rusty firelocks.
"In The Saddle" by Oliver Optic
On the azotea on each side a sentry paced up and down with his firelock on his shoulder.
"Ponce de Leon" by William Pilling
He therefore answered instantly, seizing his firelock.
"The Catholic World. Volume III; Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6." by E. Rameur
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In poetry:

Rusty firelock on his shoulder;
Rusty cutlass on his thigh;
Never jollier British subject
Rollicked underneath the sky.
"The Legend of La Brea" by Charles Kingsley
Beside the base that solstice day
A city chap who chanced to stray
Was shooting somewhat, too;
Who, when the nugget sped that way,
His firelock quickly drew.
"Monadnock" by Hattie Howard
"Now, to turn to marching matters:—
I've my knapsack, firelock, spatters,
Crossbelts, priming-horn, stock, bay'net, blackball, clay,
Pouch, magazine, flints, flint-box that at every quick-step clatters;
…My heart, Dear; that must stay!"
"The Alarm" by Thomas Hardy