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flint 1

Pronunciation: /flɪnt/


[mass noun]
1A hard grey rock consisting of nearly pure silica (chert), occurring chiefly as nodules in chalk: houses built of brick and flint [as modifier]: flint implements
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  • Silica precipitated from aqueous solution at low temperatures gives cryptocrystalline varieties such as opal, jasper, chalcedony, agate, carnelian, onyx, flint, and chert.
  • It passes upwards into almost flat-lying white coccolith chalk with parallel lines of black flint nodules.
  • The artifacts recovered from these excavations will give a clearer picture of the technology and particularly their production and use of flint and chert.
1.1 [count noun] A piece of flint, especially as flaked or ground in ancient times to form a tool or weapon: the early settlers also found a ready supply of flints in the chalk cliffs
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  • It was associated with a cobbled ‘work area’ covered by vast quantities of pottery, five stone axes, a number of broken tools and flints.
  • The site is dated by large quantities of Mesolithic flints, such as crescent-shaped microliths, scrapers and points.
  • Excavations at the site produced over 300 worked flints of early-middle Mesolithic type.
1.2 [count noun] A piece of flint used with steel to produce an igniting spark, e.g. in a flintlock gun, or (in modern use) a piece of an alloy used similarly, especially in a cigarette lighter: he struck a light with his flint
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  • For example, an alloy of calcium and cerium is used in flints in cigarette and other types of lighters.
  • Misch metal is used to make the flint in cigarette lighters.
  • Lauren sparked her flints together against the wood.


Old English; related to Middle Dutch vlint and Old High German flins.

Words that rhyme with flint

asquint, bint, clint, dint, glint, hint, imprint, lint, mint, misprint, print, quint, skint, splint, sprint, squint, stint, tint
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Flint 2

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Entry from US English dictionary

An industrial city in southeastern Michigan, an auto industry center since the Buick Company was established there in 1903; population 112,900 (est. 2008).
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