Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A light flintlock musket.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A flint-lock musket: originally so called in English, to distinguish it from the matchlock previously in use, from the French name of the piece of steel against which the flint strikes fire.
  • Capable of being melted or rendered fluid by heat.
  • Running or flowing, as a liquid.
  • noun In her.: A bearing differing from the lozenge in being longer in proportion to its breadth, and named from its shape, which resembles that of a spindle.
  • noun A representation of a spindle covered with yarn.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective rare Capable of being melted or rendered fluid by heat; fusible.
  • adjective rare Running or flowing, as a liquid.
  • adjective obsolete Formed by melting and pouring into a mold; cast; founded.
  • noun A light kind of flintlock musket, formerly in use.
  • noun (Her.) A bearing of a rhomboidal figure; -- named from its shape, which resembles that of a spindle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun heraldry A bearing of a rhomboidal figure, resembling a spindle in shape, longer than a heraldic lozenge.

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

  • noun a light flintlock musket

Etymologies

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

[French, steel in a flintlock, firearm, from Old French fuisil, steel for a tinderbox, from Vulgar Latin *focīlis (petra), fire-(stone), from Late Latin focus, fire, from Latin, hearth.]

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See fusee.

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  • a flintlock musket or capable OR capable of flowing OR a shape that resembles a spindle

    February 8, 2013