American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A smoothbore shoulder gun used from the late 16th through the 18th century.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In falconry, an inferior kind of hawk; a sparrow-hawk. See eyas-musket.
- n. A hand-gun for soldiers, introduced in European armies in the sixteenth century: it succeeded the harquebus, and became in time the common arm of the infantry. It was at first very heavy, and was provided with a rest. The earliest muskets were matchlocks, which were superseded by the wheel-lock, the snaphance, the flint-lock, and the percussion-guns. The musket was made lighter, while still gaining in efficiency and accuracy. The rifle-musket was introduced in the middle of the nineteenth century. See
rifle, and cuts under matchlockand gun.
- n. A species of firearm formerly carried by the infantry of an army. It was originally fired by means of a match, or matchlock, for which several mechanical appliances (including the flintlock, and finally the percussion lock) were successively substituted. This arm has been superseded by the rifle.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) The male of the sparrow hawk.
- n. A species of firearm formerly carried by the infantry of an army. It was originally fired by means of a match, or matchlock, for which several mechanical appliances (including the flintlock, and finally the percussion lock) were successively substituted. This arm has been completely superseded by the rifle, and is now only of historical interest.
- n. a muzzle-loading shoulder gun with a long barrel; formerly used by infantrymen
- French mousquet, itself from Italian moschetto, diminutive of mosca ("fly"). (Wiktionary)
- French mousquet, from Italian moschetto, a type of crossbow, musket, from moschetta, little fly, bolt of a crossbow, diminutive of mosca, fly, from Latin musca. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A steel ramrod from a musket is a wild whipping thing, and Phil is right -- it kicks like a bronco.”
“A 6-year-old girl with musket is dressed to celebrate el Cinco de Mayo in Mexico City.”
“An aborigine looking at a musket is interesting but irrelevant.”
“What Montaigne did not like about the musket is that is separated men from one another and distracted them from the real purpose of fighting.”
“Le_Dauncer brought over a gorgeous Tokay (apparently to musket, what musket is to port …) it was so smooth and dreamy – perfect for chocolate!”
“Still the men moved on steadily, resistlessly, until they came within musket range.”
“The French held their fire until the leading boats were well within short musket-shot.”
“Some losses were inflicted on the besiegers as they continued to push their works to within short musket-range of the fort.”
“He was everywhere present, dashing along his lines, paying no attention to the constant fire aimed at him and his staff by the Rebel skirmishers, within short musket range.”
“Batteries should be so placed as to _command the whole ground in our front_, even almost up to our bayonets, and so as to be able to direct their fire towards every point; at all events, so that a fire can be kept up on the enemy till he is within short musket-range.”
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