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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A light flintlock musket.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bearing of a rhomboidal figure, resembling a spindle in shape, longer than a heraldic lozenge.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being melted or rendered fluid by heat; fusible.
  • adj. Running or flowing, as a liquid.
  • adj. Formed by melting and pouring into a mold; cast; founded.
  • n. A light kind of flintlock musket, formerly in use.
  • n. A bearing of a rhomboidal figure; -- named from its shape, which resembles that of a spindle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being melted or rendered fluid by heat.
  • Running or flowing, as a liquid.
  • n. 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. 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. A representation of a spindle covered with yarn.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a light flintlock musket

Etymologies

French, steel in a flintlock, firearm, from Old French fuisil, steel for a tinderbox, from Vulgar Latin *focīlis (petra), fire-(stone), from Late Latin focus, fire, from Latin, hearth.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
See fusee. (Wiktionary)

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  • a flintlock musket or capable OR capable of flowing OR a shape that resembles a spindle

    February 8, 2013