from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The piece of flint used to strike the igniting spark in a flintlock.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The piece of flint or other suitable natural stone that is used in a flintlock weapon to generate a spark
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A sharpened flint for the lock of a gun, to ignite the charge. It was in common use before the introduction of percussion caps.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A piece of shaped flint fixed in the lock of a musket or pistol, before percussion-caps were used, to fire the charge.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the piece of flint that provides the igniting spark in a flintlock weapon
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Smoke, gunflint, and minerals make up the aromatic profile of the 2002 Riesling Spätlese Graacher Domprobst A.P.
The 1989 Meursault Les Perrières exhibits exceptional flavor: the telltale mineral, cold steel, gunflint sort of nose of a textbook Perrières; sensational fruit extraction; and a whoppingly long, crisp finish.
Excavations at the Lower Portage Camp have turned up a possible tent peg carbon-dated to around 1810, bone fragments with knife marks, several fire pits, and a gunflint that fits neatly into the lock of the model of military rifle carried by the explorers.
"Never, so long as there is left of Plymouth Rock a piece large enough to make a gunflint _of_!"
The wines had the dry smack of gunflint and the bouquet of powder, and the company imbibed freely.
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There's taut authority here, vibrant acidity and some Chablis-like gunflint and earthiness, and a welcome sense of generosity in the spicy stone-fruit flavors.
Of note is a gunflint which still retains a lead patch, a method associated with the military.
Other interesting finds included a well-used gunflint and a cowrie shell, the latter of which has significant meaning for several African traditional religions and cultures.
"Man, you're not worth a gunflint," returned MacFearsome, with a twinkling glance from under his bushy grey eyebrows; "if ye had not saved Loo's life twice, and mine three times, I'd scorn to let you wed her.
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