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

  • n. See flintlock.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An old form of gunlock, as the flintlock, which ignites the priming by a spark.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An old form of gunlock, as the flintlock, which ignites the priming by a spark; perhaps originally, a matchlock. Hence, a gun having such a lock.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A musket or other gun discharged by means of some mechanical device which causes sparks by friction or concussion; specifically, a flintlock: distinguished from and superseding the matchlock, which was fired with a match; hence, one armed with such a gun. See cut under flintlock.

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

  • n. a muzzle loader that had a flintlock type of gunlock


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  • There was not a man of the 150 attempting to represent two service squadrons who had not at some period balanced his life against his proficiency with the rifle, and who had not realised that on service his firelock was the soldier's best and staunchest friend.

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  • To load and discharge a “firelock” flintlock musket required no less than twelve commands that set off eighteen distinct motions.

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  • The Militia Act of 1792, signed by George (The Communist) Washington, mandated (unfunded) that nearly every “free able-bodied white male citizen” between 18 and 45 “provide himself with a good musket or firelock, a sufficient bayonet and belt, two spare flints, and a knapsack, a pouch with a box therein to contain not less than twenty-four cartridges, …”

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  • I actually do own a firelock, as I would expect a fairly good number of gun owners and collectors do.

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  • I had sprung out of my hammock, and had seized my firelock, and was standing on the ground, saying the words myself.

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  • O that I had got but my new-flinted firelock, that there man should die!

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  • A gentleman of spirit does not want a woman to buckle his sword on for him or to clean his firelock!

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  • One, throwing down his firelock, clasped his leader so fast round the knees, that he was unable to extricate himself, muttering, at the same time, a torrent of Gaelic gratulation, which every now and then rose into a sort of scream of gladness.

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  • All the Arabs and many of the blacks were armed with guns -- long, clumsy firelock affairs, it is true, but guns just the same, enough to awe any tribe of natives who might oppose them.

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  • Mr. Fillet armed himself with the poker, which happened to be red hot; the ostler pulled down a rusty firelock, that hung by the roof, over a flitch of bacon.

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