Definition of firelock in English:

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firelock

Pronunciation: /ˈfʌɪəlɒk/

noun

historical
A musket in which the priming is ignited by sparks.
Example sentences
  • The flintlock reigned supreme as a system throughout the 18th century and flintlock muskets, also referred to as ‘firelocks ', were the infantry's principal weapons in most European nations.
  • Recover and cock, as before directed for the center rank, and, as the firelock is brought to the recover, step briskly to the right: a full pace, at the same time placing the left heel about six inches before the point of the right foot.
  • When the New Hampshire troops arrived, Pepperrell found it necessary that they all be ‘Taught How to Use the firelock.’

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