flinty

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj flinty showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings "his flinty gaze","the child's misery would move even the most obdurate heart"
    • adj flinty containing flint
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Flinty Consisting of, composed of, abounding in, or resembling, flint; as, a flinty rock; flinty ground; a flinty heart.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • flinty Of the nature of flint; abounding in flint, or having a flint-like quality: as, a flinty rock; a flinty fracture; flinty ground.
    • flinty Figuratively, hard as flint; obdurate; cruel; unmerciful: as, a flinty heart.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Flinty consisting of or like flint: hard: cruel
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. flint; Dan. flint; Gr. plinthos, a brick.

Usage

In literature:

Fifteen hours later another fall of flinty stones occurred at Bismarck.
"The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort
Where such a fracture is open, clean, white and flinty, the brick in all probability is of a good quality.
"Steam, Its Generation and Use" by Babcock & Wilcox Co.
Lime is made of White Stones or Flinty Pebbles, the harder the Stones are which 'tis made of, the better it is for Building.
"An Abridgment of the Architecture of Vitruvius" by Vitruvius
In a corner of the upper room where we had heard a great buzzing he bored a hole through the flinty oak floors.
"Dwellers in Arcady" by Albert Bigelow Paine
But Patricia was gazing past him through a gap in the trees at a white flinty road that struggled up to the distant downs.
"Christopher Hibbault, Roadmaker" by Marguerite Bryant
The Antiguas are medium, flinty beans; while Cobans are larger.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
Faint, weary, and unable to rise again, he lay fluttering, panting, and beating himself against the flinty stones.
"The Fairy Nightcaps" by Frances Elizabeth Barrow
No, my dear, no; I am not quite so flinty-hearted.
"Lover or Friend" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
Day after day, week after week, Herve trudged along the flinty roads.
"The Book of Saints and Friendly Beasts" by Abbie Farwell Brown
The flinty sides were cool.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
Twenty feet below is a bare floor of flinty lava and broken shell.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
It was hard and flinty.
"The Country Beyond" by James Oliver Curwood
Yellow Pine was pointing at a broad, deeply trodden, flinty looking rut in the surface of the prairie.
"Two Arrows" by William O. Stoddard
Which shall leave the other walking in this flinty path alone?
"Poetical Works of William Cullen Bryant" by William Cullen Bryant
Miss Armstrong managed cleverly enough to strike a little spark of epigram from the flinty dialogue.
"Audrey Craven" by May Sinclair
Dolores stood still, sweeping the scene of destruction with a gaze of flinty penetration.
"The Pirate Woman" by Aylward Edward Dingle
As we descend into the glen the going underfoot grows softer, the flinty red clay changes to sand and soon to an irregular kind of turf.
"The African Colony" by John Buchan
We crept up softly and surrounded the lodge; then with the axe we struck the frozen, flinty roof several ringing blows.
"The Pearl Story Book" by Various
Cold, flinty, bed rock bottom hardness.
"'£19,000'" by Burford Delannoy
Milkmen do not always carry the milk of human kindness in their flinty bosoms.
"Rose Clark" by Fanny Fern
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In poetry:

“These hills are so flinty!—
Ah! tell me, dark Earth,
What valley leads back to
The place of my birth?—
"The Waterfall" by Henry Kendall
But not their tears, nor all the wiles of art,
Can ope the iron chambers of the tomb:
Not Virtue's self can move Death's flinty heart,
Nor Youth, nor Age, nor Beauty's angel-bloom.
"Time: An Elegy. Written Near The Ruins Of Elgin Cathedral" by Robert Alves
O tremblest thou, grey road, or do my feet
Tremble with joy, thy flinty face to meet?
Because my love’s eyes soon mine eyes shall greet?
No heart thou hast to keep us long alone.
"The Two Sides Of The River" by William Morris
Fire in the heavens, and fire along the hills,
and fire made solid in the flinty stone,
thick-mass'd or scatter'd pebble, fire that fills
the breathless hour that lives in fire alone.
"Fire in the Heavens" by Christopher Brennan
Rho. Tenacious Tyrant, in whose flinty heart
Nor equity, nor justice ere had part:
Assure thy selfe thy guilty soule shall feele
Revenges hand, arm'd with a scourge of steele.
Exeunt.
"Rhodon And Iris. Act II" by Ralph Knevet
Who is he whose flinty heart
Hath not felt the flying dart?
Who is he that from the wound
Hath not pain and pleasure found?
Who is he that hath not shed
Curse and blessing on thy head?
"To Cupid" by Joanna Baillie

In news:

When carefully grown, the grapes from Chablis transmit a flinty element from the region's Kimmeridgian limestone soils.
Even the name has a flinty Old West ring to it: Firestone & Robertson.
Flinty Face of Postwar Soviet Diplomacy.
Flinty Face of Postwar Soviet Diplomacy.
If the flinty gaze and violent oeuvre of Clint Eastwood have long been your guilty pleasure, rejoice.
Perhaps it's an aspect of New England flintiness.
Ron Paul's Flinty Worldview Was Forged in Early Family Life.
If Gerard Butler exudes rakish charm and Jessica Biel a charming flintiness, then why is Playing for Keeps so utterly charmless.
Each time I've run into a painting by Eve Mansdorf, mostly in group shows here and there around the city, I've come away impressed by its flinty integrity.
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