Definition of flintlock in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈflintˌläk/


1An old-fashioned type of gun fired by a spark from a flint.
Example sentences
  • From the other side of the duck pond, Pete draws his flintlock and fires at the boat.
  • This system of firearms ignition replaced the flintlock in the early 19th century.
  • His interest in the historical development of firearms motivated him to study, shoot and collect nearly every type of firearm from flintlocks to full-autos.
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2 [usually as modifier] The lock on a flintlock gun: an antique flintlock pistol
More example sentences
  • Muskets spanned the transition from matchlock, through wheel lock and flintlock, to percussion.
  • Side plates are decorative additions placed on the lateral margins of flintlock muskets opposite the lock plate.
  • It tossed a foot-long wooden truncheon onto a table beside a flintlock pistol and flopped down into a chair, snarling all the while.

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Syllabification: flint·lock

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