flint

Definitions

  • Chipped flint arrow heads
    Chipped flint arrow heads
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj flint showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings "his flinty gaze","the child's misery would move even the most obdurate heart"
    • n Flint a city in southeast central Michigan near Detroit; automobile manufacturing
    • n Flint a river in western Georgia that flows generally south to join the Chattahoochee River at the Florida border where they form the Apalachicola River
    • n flint a hard kind of stone; a form of silica more opaque than chalcedony
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first Corvette rolled off the Chevrolet assembly line in Flint, MI. in 1953. That early 'Vette sold for $3,250.
    • Flint (Min) A massive, somewhat impure variety of quartz, in color usually of a gray to brown or nearly black, breaking with a conchoidal fracture and sharp edge. It is very hard, and strikes fire with steel.
    • Flint A piece of flint for striking fire; -- formerly much used, esp. in the hammers of gun locks.
    • Flint Anything extremely hard, unimpressible, and unyielding, like flint. "A heart of flint ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n flint A form of silica, somewhat allied to chalcedony, but more opaque, and with less luster. It is usually of a light-gray or brownish color. It has a peculiarly well-marked conchoidal fracture, and can easily be broken up into fragments having sharp cutting edges. For this reason, and because of its hardness, which is proverbial, flint was most extensively used in prehistoric times for all kinds of cutting implements. The use of flint as a means of striking fire with a steel, and especially as a part of the once almost universally used musket-lock, is well known. Flint occurs in large quantity in the form of nodules, and even sheets or beds, in the chalk of England and France, and has been formed by the slow replacement of carbonate of lime by silica held in solution in water. It is abundant in the United States, generally in massive forms. The exterior of most flints is of a lighter color than the interior, this difference being caused by a rearrangement of the particles of the silica.
    • n flint A piece of flinty stone used for any purpose, as for striking fire in a flint-lock musket or otherwise, or in the form of an implement. See cut under flint-lock.
    • n flint Figuratively, something very hard or obdurate: as, he was flint against persuasion.
    • flint Made or composed of flint.
    • flint Hard and firm, as if made of flint: as, flint corn or flint wheat.
    • n flint Sheepskin dried in the sun.
    • n flint An abbreviation of flint-glass.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Flint flint a hard mineral, a variety of quartz, from which fire is readily struck with steel: anything proverbially hard
    • adj Flint made of flint, hard
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Quotations

  • Louisa May Alcott
    Louisa May Alcott
    “It takes two flints to make a fire.”
  • M. Henry
    M. Henry
    “Wise anger is like fire from a flint: there is great ado to get it out; and when it does come, it is out again immediately.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
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    “It is defeat that turns bone to flint; it is defeat that turns gristle to muscle; it is defeat that makes men invincible.”
  • Henri Frederic Amiel
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    “Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. flint, akin to Sw. flinta, Dan. flint,; cf. OHG. flins, flint, G. flinte, gun (cf. E. flint,lock), perh. akin to Gr. brick. Cf. Plinth

Usage

In literature:

You receive an impression of sharp-edged flints and broken bottles.
"American Sketches" by Charles Whibley
Even as she looked, Major Flint came out of his house on one side of the Royce and Captain Puffin on the other.
"Miss Mapp" by Edward Frederic Benson
Flint's livelihood is cotton.
"Chimney-Pot Papers" by Charles S. Brooks
Then he grasped his gun near the flint, and was ready for the next step in the proceedings.
"Footprints in the Forest" by Edward Sylvester Ellis
The cup in which it spins is made of agate flint, or other hard substance.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
It's an iron hand, and a heart like flint.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
Then she took a flint point and scratched the men's arms until she made big scars.
"The Later Cave-Men" by Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
Each carried three flint-tipped throwing-spears, while a good supply of flint throwing-stones were in their skin pouches.
"B. C. 30,000" by Sterner St. Paul Meek
Watch your step, Flint.
"The Pagan Madonna" by Harold MacGrath
Down at the bunk-house it's the same way, with Slim, an' Flint Kreeger an' the rest.
"Shoe-Bar Stratton" by Joseph Bushnell Ames
Flint, sir, flint, lead, an' steel is all he has fur de red rubbish.
"Burl" by Morrison Heady
But she knew the sound was that of a man sharpening a flint.
"Tales of Space and Time" by Herbert George Wells
Chert or flint pebbles for tube-mills are supplied mainly from the extensive deposits on the French and Danish coasts.
"The Economic Aspect of Geology" by C. K. Leith
Lead oxide being added to the mixture a dense, very brilliant, but soft glass (flint glass) results.
"A Text-Book of Precious Stones for Jewelers and the Gem-Loving Public" by Frank Bertram Wade
When they reached the big oak tree on the bluff, Limberleg took the feathers off the grouse and cut it into chunks with her flint knife.
"The Cave Twins" by Lucy Fitch Perkins
Flint and Wyman Flint founded the business known as W. & J.G.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
The red rays passing through the flint glass are but little deflected, while the violet rays turn suddenly outwards.
"How it Works" by Archibald Williams
With all his force he threw, and the flint tip buried itself in the nearest monster's haunch.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
It is idle to look for the spark either in flint or steel.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
The implements were all of flint, neatly bound in their handles with strips of hide.
"Mad Shepherds" by L. P. Jacks
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In poetry:

Late, when all his days had hardened
Into flint his nature wild,
Seemed it softer grown and kinder
For the sake of that one child.
"Loch Buy" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
From their bodies fell our flint-darts,
Yet their arrows flew, like rays
Flashing from the rocks where polished
By the ice in winter days.
"Ugonde's Tale" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
And the scoffing tongue was prayerful,
And the blinded eyes found sight,
And hearts, as flint aforetime,
Grew soft in his warmth and light.
"The Minister’s Daughter" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Sudden, through the ranks beside her,
Scattering men, like sparks of flint,
Burst a snow-white horse and rider,
Rapid as the lightning's glint.
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
There's granite flints
That's quite imminse,
There's sacks of coals and fuels,
There's swords and guns,
And soap in tuns,
And Gingerbread and Jewels.
"The Crystal Palace" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Therefore in patience I possess my soul;
Yea, therefore as a flint I set my face,
To pluck down, to build up again the whole—
But in a distant place.
"From House To House" by Christina Georgina Rossetti

In news:

Oscar Durand / The Flint Journal.
Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton filed a public nuisance action on Wednesday against a residence on Flint's west side where authorities recently discovered a methamphetamine lab in operation.
The album features some of Flint's best including 1000Bars who dropped his 'All In' mixtape today as well.
Flint's Pasha Moves on After Terrible Relationships In 'Wanna Get Back' Video.
Flint's Pasha moves on after terrible relationships in her new video 'Wanna Get Back.
She is getting ready to film the video for the track and wants Flint to represent.
Flint woman quilts in support of Alzheimer's patients.
Ryan Garza MLive.com Ami Simms, of Flint Township, is a nationally known quilting teacher and founder of Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.
Ron and Rhonda Flint of Maple Park announce the engagement of their daughter, Lynette Flint, to Nicholas Piller , son of James and Martha Piller .
Miniature pinscher mix named Flint.
That five-month silence could affect whether the 28-year-old from Flint, Michigan lives or dies, RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned.
Photo courtesy of Placer County MuseumsCamp Flint soldiers roll up sleeping rolls while stationed in Auburn to guard railroad right-of-way over the Sierra from saboteurs.
Ross Flint rflint@reporter-times.com March 14, 2011.
In this April 5, 2011 photo, a male prairie chicken displays his best in the Flint Hills in Greenwood County, Kan.
Flint girl mauled by pit bull, dog still on premises .
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In science:

Munafò MR, Matheson IJ, Flint J (2007) Association of the DRD2 gene Taq1A polymorphism and alcoholism: a meta-analysis of case-control studies and evidence of publication bias.
Deep Impact: Unintended consequences of journal rank
Partially supported by the Applied Mathematics Department at the University of Western Ontario, Wolfgang Struss, Pei Yu, Turab Lookman, Ghia Flint and Dean Harrison.
Enumerating the Prime Alternating Knots, Part I
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