American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A device for igniting the charge of a firearm.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The mechanism of a gun by which the hammer is controlled both in cocking the piece and in exploding the charge.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The mechanism of a gun for producing the discharge. See lock.
- n. the action that ignites the charge in a firearm
- gun + lock (Wiktionary)
“It includes the gunlock application to unlock the SIM card.”
“Well, snap my gunlock, if it isn't Jack Darrow!" exclaimed Andy.”
“A bombshell filled with gunpowder, a gunlock, and a small clock, have been suggested as forming the components of this invention.”
“Since walnut does not warp or swell when wet it does not interfere with the action of the gunlock in gun stocks.”
“Mayall then took his gunlock from the pocket of the Indian on the shore, who had stayed behind to engineer and direct the crossing, placed it upon his own gun, dragged the Indian into the current of the river, and he, too, floated down, and sunk with the first two in the deep, dark waters of the Susquehanna.”
“He leaped instantly to the shelter of a great trunk and his hand sprang to his gunlock, but no other sound followed, and he wondered.”
“George, whose face, some said, resembled the inside of a gunlock, being the war-horse.”
“Fowler took to a tree, and shot Indians till his gunlock got out of order.”
“But here is the place of broken ground and tangle, which calls to honourable men, not bent on sport, to be wary to guard the gunlock.”
“Fulton's shell was provided with clock-work to set the gunlock in action and fire the powder, after the lapse of a given time.”
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