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

  • n. The piece of flint used to strike the igniting spark in a flintlock.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The piece of flint or other suitable natural stone that is used in a flintlock weapon to generate a spark

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sharpened flint for the lock of a gun, to ignite the charge. It was in common use before the introduction of percussion caps.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A piece of shaped flint fixed in the lock of a musket or pistol, before percussion-caps were used, to fire the charge.

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

  • n. the piece of flint that provides the igniting spark in a flintlock weapon


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