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

  • n. A very hard, fine-grained quartz that sparks when struck with steel.
  • n. A piece of flint used to produce a spark.
  • n. A small solid cylinder of a spark-producing alloy, used in lighters to ignite the fuel.
  • n. A piece of flint used as a tool by prehistoric humans.
  • n. Something resembling flint in hardness: a jaw of flint.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A hard, fine-grained quartz that fractures conchoidally and generates sparks when struck.
  • n. A piece of flint, such as a gunflint, used to produce a spark.
  • n. A small cylinder of some other material of the same function in a cigarette lighter, etc.
  • v. To furnish or decorate an object with flint.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A massive, somewhat impure variety of quartz, in color usually of a gray to brown or nearly black, breaking with a conchoidal fracture and sharp edge. It is very hard, and strikes fire with steel.
  • n. A piece of flint for striking fire; -- formerly much used, esp. in the hammers of gun locks.
  • n. Anything extremely hard, unimpressible, and unyielding, like flint.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A form of silica, somewhat allied to chalcedony, but more opaque, and with less luster.
  • n. A piece of flinty stone used for any purpose, as for striking fire in a flint-lock musket or otherwise, or in the form of an implement. See cut under flint-lock.
  • n. Figuratively, something very hard or obdurate: as, he was flint against persuasion.
  • Made or composed of flint.
  • Hard and firm, as if made of flint: as, flint corn or flint wheat.
  • n. Sheepskin dried in the sun.
  • n. An abbreviation of flint-glass.

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

  • n. a city in southeast central Michigan near Detroit; automobile manufacturing
  • adj. showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings
  • n. a hard kind of stone; a form of silica more opaque than chalcedony
  • n. a river in western Georgia that flows generally south to join the Chattahoochee River at the Florida border where they form the Apalachicola River


Middle English, from Old English.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English flint, from Proto-Germanic *flintaz (compare Middle Dutch vlint, Old High German flins, Danish flint), from Proto-Indo-European *splind- (“to split, cleave”) (compare Irish slinn ("slate, shingle"), Ancient Greek πλίνθος (plinthos)), from *(s)plei- (“to split”). More at split. (Wiktionary)


  • The Jews seem to have performed the rite of circumcision with flint implements, for we read in Exodus that Zipporah, the wife of Moses, took a sharp stone for that purpose; and the phrase translated "sharp knives" in Joshua v. 2 -- "At that time the Lord said unto Joshua, Make thee sharp knives, and circumcise again the children of Israel the second time" -- should be translated, as in the marginal reference, _knives of flint_.

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  • The benifit of the flint is that it will throw a shower of sparks even when it is soaking wet, and for the little bit of room it takes up, there's no sense in leaving it.

    Is flint better to start a fire than waterproof matches.

  • Worst line: “Here are me, Brian, Tom, Jim and Gregg outside our house in flint Michigan.”

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  • Yes | No | Report from buckshot89 wrote 49 weeks 5 days ago oh yeah. most of my guns have names. you have to take care of them like a child. most of my reenacting buddies have named their flint lockes based on their style. germanic: gretchin, and i have the oldest gun in the group and everyone referes to her as old dirty bas%$#$. quite an endearing name.

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  • I saw on an episode of Danial Boone that he called his flint lock "Tit Licker"!

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  • When Croder and I made contact with each other we both had to keep our cool: we shared what some people called a flint -- and -- tinder complex.

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  • The muskets of the day were the heavy weapons known as flint-locks.

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  • In the first place, are these so-called flint implements of human workmanship?

    The Prehistoric World; or, Vanished races

  • The cave and the flint were his first rude attempts.

    Human Traits and their Social Significance

  • All life is a kindled fire in a variety of states, and every dead, insensitive thing is only dead because its fire is quenched or compressed, as in the case of a flint, which is in a state of death

    Mysticism in English Literature


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