• WordNet 3.6
    • n fusil a light flintlock musket
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fusil (Her) A bearing of a rhomboidal figure; -- named from its shape, which resembles that of a spindle.☞ It differs from a lozenge in being longer in proportion to its width.
    • n Fusil A light kind of flintlock musket, formerly in use.
    • Fusil Capable of being melted or rendered fluid by heat; fusible. "A kind of fusil marble"
    • Fusil Formed by melting and pouring into a mold; cast; founded.
    • Fusil Running or flowing, as a liquid. "A fusil sea."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fusil A flint-lock musket: originally so called in English, to distinguish it from the matchlock previously in use, from the French name of the piece of steel against which the flint strikes fire.
    • n fusil In her.: A bearing differing from the lozenge in being longer in proportion to its breadth, and named from its shape, which resembles that of a spindle.
    • n fusil A representation of a spindle covered with yarn.
    • fusil Capable of being melted or rendered fluid by heat.
    • fusil Running or flowing, as a liquid.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fusil fū′zil a flint-lock musket.
    • n Fusil fū′zil (her.) an elongated rhomboidal figure.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. fusil, LL. fosile, a steel for kindling fire, from L. focus, hearth, fireplace, in LL. fire. See Focus, and cf. Fusee a firelock
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. fusel—L. fusus, a spindle.


In literature:

Governor Hancock gave a dinner to the Fusileers at the Merchants' Club, in Boston, in 1792.
"Customs and Fashions in Old New England" by Alice Morse Earle
The two battalions of the 71st now greatly reduced, were consolidated into one, and formed in a brigade with the 33d and Welsh Fusileers.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
Originally those regiments armed with fusils, by whom, though the weapon is obsolete, the title is retained as a distinction.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Alexis, meanwhile, had dropped his rifle and taken up the fusil of Pouchskin.
"Bruin" by Mayne Reid
Warned by what they had witnessed, the Indians had retired beyond even the range of the Serjeant's fusil.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
On Thursday we saw twenty-six of the wounded Coldstream Guards, and on Friday thirty-four of the Scotch Fusileers.
"The Letters of Queen Victoria, Volume III (of 3), 1854-1861" by Queen of Great Britain Victoria
On the long and narrow fusil it would be impossible.
"Notes and Queries, Number 218, December 31, 1853" by Various
A certain Cavaglia, called "Fusil" robbed and murdered an accomplice and hid the body in a cupboard.
"Criminal Man" by Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
He says that every Indian is furnished with a gun (either rifle or fusil), and an abundance of ammunition.
"The Land of the Miamis" by Elmore Barce
In 1832 married Lieutenant Thomas Traill of the Royal Scotch Fusileers, and some months later they removed to Canada.
"The Makers of Canada: Index and Dictionary of Canadian History" by Various
The Tartars never proceed on a journey, unless armed with bows, fusils and lances.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 1 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
The horsemen, armed with fusils and long lances, seemed quite disposed for a skirmish.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 2 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
Fusil oil in whisky rises; Jeff's vigorous action was to diffuse it.
"A Maid of the Kentucky Hills" by Edwin Carlile Litsey
The French fusileers might have discovered you, and seized you.
"A Hero of the Pen" by E. Werner
During the skirmishes that had already occurred, we noticed that many of the Indians were armed with fusils and muskets.
"Osceola the Seminole" by Mayne Reid
Just as they were stepping out of the vestibule they met a company of fusileers who had followed the cavalry.
"Joseph Bonaparte" by John S. C. Abbott
They were marine-fusileers of the 1871 class.
"History of the Commune of 1871" by P. Lissagary
The Welsh Fusileers always stay with him.
"Peggy Owen at Yorktown" by Lucy Foster Madison
With the news of the outbreak come orders to the 1st European Fusileers to move down to Umbala, on the route to Delhi.
"Twelve Years of a Soldier's Life in India" by W. S. R. Hodson
The present Col. Knollys, of the Fusileer Guards, is his representative.
"Notes and Queries, Vol. V, Number 134, May 22, 1852" by Various