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

  • n. A firing mechanism in certain obsolete small arms, in which a small wheel produces sparks by revolving against a flint.
  • n. A firearm using such a mechanism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of brake a carriage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A lock for firing a gun by means of the friction of a small steel wheel against a piece of sulphuret of iron (pyrites).
  • n. A combination-lock or letter-lock.
  • n. A form of brake; a wagon-lock.

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  • n. an obsolete gunlock using flint and a revolving wheel


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