from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A gunlock in which powder is ignited by a match.
- n. A musket having such a gunlock.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Early type of firearm, using a smoldering piece of cord to fire the powder in the firing pan.
- n. The gunlock used in such a weapon, having a slow smouldering match, see: slow match.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An old form of gunlock containing a match for firing the priming; hence, a musket fired by means of a match.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The earliest form of musket-lock, constructed so as to be fired by means of a match in the form of a cord.
- n. A musket furnished with a match-lock; a gun fired by means of a lighted match.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an early style of musket; a slow-burning wick would be lowered into a hole in the breech to ignite the charge
From match + lock. (Wiktionary)