from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An obsolete gunlock in which a flint fixed in the hammer produces a spark that ignites the charge.
- n. A firearm having this type of gunlock. Also called firelock.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An early type of firearm, using a spring-loaded flint to strike sparks into the firing pan.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A lock for a gun or pistol, having a flint fixed in the hammer, which on striking the steel ignites the priming.
- n. A hand firearm fitted with a flintlock; esp., the old-fashioned musket of European and other armies.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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 The match-lock was superseded by the flint-lock, which is now superseded by the percussion-lock.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. A gun, especially a musket, having a flint-lock.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an obsolete gunlock that has flint embedded in the hammer; the flint makes a spark that ignites the charge
- n. a muzzle loader that had a flintlock type of gunlock
flint + lock (Wiktionary)