flintlock

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n flintlock an obsolete gunlock that has flint embedded in the hammer; the flint makes a spark that ignites the charge
    • n flintlock a muzzle loader that had a flintlock type of gunlock
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Flintlock A hand firearm fitted with a flintlock; esp., the old-fashioned musket of European and other armies.
    • Flintlock A lock for a gun or pistol, having a flint fixed in the hammer, which on striking the steel ignites the priming.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n flintlock A gun-lock in which fire is produced by a flint striking the hammer, and igniting the priming in a receptacle called the pan. The match-lock was superseded by the flint-lock, which is now superseded by the percussion-lock.
    • n flintlock A gun, especially a musket, having a flint-lock.
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Usage

In literature:

We climbed in, and found also a rusty flintlock musket, standing between two barrels.
"Captain Mugford" by W.H.G. Kingston
Two thirds of us will have to manage, until we can do better, with the smoothbore and even with the old flintlock.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Near by he discovered the rapidly disintegrating remnants of an old-time flintlock musket.
"As It Was in the Beginning" by Philip Verrill Mighels
It was still a long shot from him, as he had only a smooth-bore, flintlock gun.
"Oowikapun" by Egerton Ryerson Young
Flutes were a little out of his line, too, but he preferred them to flintlocks.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
The most welcome capture was the arms, for many of his men were armed with flintlock muskets.
"A Little Union Scout" by Joel Chandler Harris
The boy followed, and then the master took his seat in the stern, with his flintlock fowling piece within reach.
"Duffels" by Edward Eggleston
Two of the old flintlocks went off, the others missed fire.
"Some Reminiscences of old Victoria" by Edgar Fawcett
But you didn't do it with a flintlock, small-bore, muzzle loader, fair stand-up fight.
"The Young Alaskans on the Missouri" by Emerson Hough
The mossback cannot win, because he prefers a flintlock to a Mauser.
"Chapters in Rural Progress" by Kenyon L. Butterfield
On the third morning Jeremy, on his knees by the hearth fire, was squinting down the bright barrel of a flintlock.
"The Black Buccaneer" by Stephen W. Meader
He had told them to be off, and when they hadn't moved quickly enough, he and his men had cocked their flintlocks.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
But by the time it reached his gun, the young man's long flintlock was already drawn and leveled.
"Caribbee" by Thomas Hoover
Iron, flintlock, in good condition, curious and rare.
"American Antiquities" by Wm. B. Norman
A number of the men also carried long flintlock guns.
"The League of the Leopard" by Harold Bindloss
Various forms of flintlock small arms had been used in warfare since the middle of the 16th century.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 11, Slice 3" by Various
On the wall above this recess may be seen a bust of the founder, with crossed swords on either side of it, and a flintlock hung below it.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Manchester" by Thomas Perkins
There were burdens upon most of their heads, but a few carried what seemed to be long flintlock guns.
"Long Odds" by Harold Bindloss
Mr. Erastus Flintlock sat at his counting room, in his old leather-bottomed arm chair.
"Vassall Morton" by Francis Parkman
Ben could make out the black stem line of a jutting flintlock.
"Wilderness of Spring" by Edgar Pangborn
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In poetry:

Dear father of our country, so alive
you must have lied incessantly to be
immediate, here are your bones crossed
on my breast like a rusty flintlock,
a pirate's flag, bravely specific
"On Seeing Larry Rivers' Washington Crossing The Delaware At The Museum Of Modern Art" by Frank O Hara

In news:

In Minnesota, Frank Badowicz hunts with a replica of an 18th-century flintlock.
Auction in Santa Fe features Kit Carson's flintlock pistol Aug 11-12, 2012.
Auction in Santa Fe features Kit Carson 's flintlock pistol Aug 11-12, 2012.
During the antlerless muzzleloader season, hunters have their choice of using rifles with, from left, inline, traditional percussion and flintlock ignition systems.
His dad was a minister and had a collection of Revolutionary War–era muskets, flintlocks and a blunderbuss.
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