from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A very hard, fine-grained quartz that sparks when struck with steel.
- n. A piece of flint used to produce a spark.
- n. A small solid cylinder of a spark-producing alloy, used in lighters to ignite the fuel.
- n. A piece of flint used as a tool by prehistoric humans.
- n. Something resembling flint in hardness: a jaw of flint.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A hard, fine-grained quartz that fractures conchoidally and generates sparks when struck.
- n. A piece of flint, such as a gunflint, used to produce a spark.
- n. A small cylinder of some other material of the same function in a cigarette lighter, etc.
- v. To furnish or decorate an object with flint.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. A piece of flint for striking fire; -- formerly much used, esp. in the hammers of gun locks.
- n. Anything extremely hard, unimpressible, and unyielding, like flint.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A form of silica, somewhat allied to chalcedony, but more opaque, and with less luster.
- n. 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. Figuratively, something very hard or obdurate: as, he was flint against persuasion.
- Made or composed of flint.
- Hard and firm, as if made of flint: as, flint corn or flint wheat.
- n. Sheepskin dried in the sun.
- n. An abbreviation of flint-glass.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a city in southeast central Michigan near Detroit; automobile manufacturing
- adj. showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings
- n. a hard kind of stone; a form of silica more opaque than chalcedony
- n. a river in western Georgia that flows generally south to join the Chattahoochee River at the Florida border where they form the Apalachicola River
Middle English, from Old English.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English flint, from Proto-Germanic *flintaz (compare Middle Dutch vlint, Old High German flins, Danish flint), from Proto-Indo-European *splind- (“to split, cleave”) (compare Irish slinn ("slate, shingle"), Ancient Greek πλίνθος (plinthos)), from *(s)plei- (“to split”). More at split. (Wiktionary)