• "The men set to work to load their muskets."
    "The men set to work to load their muskets."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n musket a muzzle-loading shoulder gun with a long barrel; formerly used by infantrymen
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A Jamestown sentry on duty shouldering his heavy matchlock musket. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.) A Jamestown sentry on duty shouldering his heavy matchlock musket. (Conjectural sketch by Sidney E. King.)
Early musket barrel and gun parts excavated at Jamestown Early musket barrel and gun parts excavated at Jamestown

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The popular chocolate bar "Three Musketeers" got its name because when it was first introduced in 1932 there were three individual bars. The flavours were strawberry, chocolate, and vanilla
    • Musket A species of firearm formerly carried by the infantry of an army. It was originally fired by means of a match, or matchlock, for which several mechanical appliances (including the flintlock, and finally the percussion lock) were successively substituted. This arm has been completely superseded by the rifle, and is now only of historical interest.
    • Musket (Zoöl) The male of the sparrow hawk.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Three Musketeers names are Porthos, Athos, and Aramis (D'Artagnan joins them later.)
    • n musket In falconry, an inferior kind of hawk; a sparrow-hawk. See eyas-musket.
    • n musket A hand-gun for soldiers, introduced in European armies in the sixteenth century: it succeeded the harquebus, and became in time the common arm of the infantry. It was at first very heavy, and was provided with a rest. The earliest muskets were matchlocks, which were superseded by the wheel-lock, the snaphance, the flint-lock, and the percussion-guns. The musket was made lighter, while still gaining in efficiency and accuracy. The rifle-musket was introduced in the middle of the nineteenth century. See rifle, and cuts under matchlock and gun.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Musket mus′ket any kind of smooth-bore military hand-gun: a male sparrow-hawk
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. mousquet, It. moschetto, formerly, a kind of hawk; cf. OF. mousket, moschet, a kind of hawk falcon, F. mouchet, prop., a little fly (the hawk prob. being named from its size), fr. L. musca, a fly. Cf. Mosquito
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. mousquet, a musket, formerly a hawk—It. mosquetto—L. musca, a fly.


In literature:

Suiting the action to the word, he raised his musket and shot the gobbler.
"Stories Of Georgia" by Joel Chandler Harris
This they did, but the natives pursued in spite of two musket-shots fired at them.
"Captain Cook" by W.H.G. Kingston
A deep groan escaped from his bosom, his musket fell from his grasp, and he was dead.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
There was a great fight, and as fast as Sralik loaded a musket, Harry fired it and killed a man.
"The Ebbing Of The Tide" by Louis Becke
You shall hear how six American rifles were too many for ninety French and Spanish muskets.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 54, No. 334, August 1843" by Various
And among the small arms of the Turkish fleet there were more bows and arrows than muskets.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
The beleaguered pirates made no more pretense of firing muskets or defying the crew to dig them out.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
From behind every tree, every stone, every rise of ground, came the incessant flash of muskets.
"Four American Indians" by Edson L. Whitney
The Tennesseans and Kentuckians defended this entire two thirds of our line with rifles and muskets only.
"The Battle of New Orleans" by Zachary F. Smith
I'd give a crown to have Ethan Allen in a line with my musket.
"The Hero of Ticonderoga" by John de Morgan
On the third day, to our great surprise and alarm, we heard the report of a musket not far from us.
"The Privateer's-Man" by Frederick Marryat
Immediately some forty muskets were discharged at the sheriff, with the effect only to cause a slight wound in the breast.
"An Historical Account of the Settlements of Scotch Highlanders in America" by J. P. MacLean
Perhaps you meant muskets?
"The Young Lieutenant" by Oliver Optic
The marines answered with their muskets; but the fellow's stone rampart saved him, and he continued his fire.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
A moment after, a musket-ball struck his wrist.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 2 of 8" by Various
In it were 7,000 weight of powder, a great number of muskets, and like things, with 12,000 pieces of eight.
"The Pirates of Panama" by A. O. (Alexandre Olivier) Exquemelin
We put old Redruth in the gallery between the cabin and the forecastle, with three or four loaded muskets and a mattress for protection.
"Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The farmers were obliged to carry their muskets with them even into the fields.
"Peggy Owen and Liberty" by Lucy Foster Madison
Bid as many more as can lie down in the wagons and cover up close with their muskets.
"Nuala O'Malley" by H. Bedford-Jones
Presently a musket ball shattered his leg and stretched him bleeding in the snow.
"Hero Stories from American History" by Albert F. Blaisdell

In poetry:

She chides the harsh-tongued sentinel
Whose musket stops her way,
And hies her from his curious sight
In such sort as she may.
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
It was Christmas Day in the trenches
In Spain in Penninsular War,
And Sam Small were cleaning his musket
A thing as he'd ne're done before.
"Sam's Christmas Pudding" by Marriott Edgar
And so he sat cleaning his musket
And polishing barrel and butt.
While the pudding his mother had sent him,
Lay there in the mud at his foot.
"Sam's Christmas Pudding" by Marriott Edgar
A musket shot came screaming
To seal his fate or mine
Right at my feet he stumbled,
And friendship's shrine it crumbled
Around that friend of mine.
"Ich Hatt' Einen Kameraden (I Had A Comrade)" by Johann Ludwig Uhland
Deckt wi' scarlet, sword, and musket
Drunk wi' dreams as fause as vain;
Fleetch'd and flatter'd, roos'd and buskit,
Wow! but Will was wondrous fain!
"The Waes O' War : Or The Upshot Of The History O' Will And Jean. In Four Parts" by Hector MacNeill
The Duke said, 'Sam, put down thy musket
And help me lay this gun true.'
Sam answered, 'You'd best ask your favours
From them as you give pudding to.'
"Sam's Christmas Pudding" by Marriott Edgar

In news:

This 'Musketeers' is guaranteed to surprise.
Semaj Christon and Brad Redford lifted the Xavier offense when the Musketeers needed it most.
The Musketeers scored just 18 points in the first half and trailed 20-18 at the break.
WVU's mascot kills bear, told to stop firing musket at wildlife.
Kimble said taking the musket on hunting trips has become a tradition with the mascots .
West Virginia University mascot Jonathan Kimble apologized if he offended anybody after killing a black bear with his school-issued musket.
During a reenactment of the Battle of Medina , men fire muskets in a salute to the fallen.
Xavier used an 11-0 run during the second half to take a lead that the Drake men's basketball team could not overcome, and the Musketeers collected a 74-70 victory in the finale of the DirecTV Classic on Sunday morning.
This is why we have the Three Stooges, Three Musketeers and Three Little Pigs.
1993 Westing (By Musket and Sextant).
All For One with 'The Three Musketeers'.
Robert Morris Colonials vs Xavier Musketeers.
1 items are tagged with The Three Musketeers.
Puss in Boots, Anonymous & The Three Musketeers in 30 Seconds.

In science:

XMM-Newton observations of PSR B0656+14, PSR B1055-52 and Geminga have substantially increased the statistics available for these three isolated neutron stars, so apparently similar to deserve the nickname of “Three Musketeers” (Becker & Tr¨umper, 1997).
On the polar caps of the 3 Musketeers
The phase-averaged spectrum of the three musketeers is best described by a three component model.
On the polar caps of the 3 Musketeers
Such exceptional harvest of X-ray photons over the ample energy interval covered by the EPIC cameras allows us to use a new tool for the study of the X-ray behaviour of the “Three musketeers”: phase resolved spectroscopy.
On the polar caps of the 3 Musketeers
With a number of time-tagged photons (see Table 1) more than doubling all previous statistics, EPIC offers now the first chance of meaningful phase-resolved spectroscopy for the three musketeers.
On the polar caps of the 3 Musketeers
The case of Geminga was described by Caraveo et al.(2004); we will report here the results to ease a synoptic view of the phenomenology of the three musketeers.
On the polar caps of the 3 Musketeers
No significant spectral features are detected superimposed on the continuum of the three musketeers, neither in emission nor in absorption.
On the polar caps of the 3 Musketeers
Therefore such model cannot provide a satisfactory description of the spectra of the three musketeers.
On the polar caps of the 3 Musketeers
A synoptic plot of the spectra of the three musketeers is shown in Fig. 4.
On the polar caps of the 3 Musketeers
We summarize the results of the EPIC spectral fits for the three musketeers in Table 3, where errors are computed at 90% confidence level for a single interesting parameter.
On the polar caps of the 3 Musketeers
As shown in Fig. 4, the overall shape of the spectrum of the three musketeers is very similar.
On the polar caps of the 3 Musketeers
It is tempting to link their origin to energetic particle bombardment, following the Ruderman mechanism, especially because certainly two (and possibly all) of the three musketeers are strong γ -ray sources.
On the polar caps of the 3 Musketeers
Fig. 5.— Light curves of the three musketeers.
On the polar caps of the 3 Musketeers