There are 2 definitions of flint in English:

flint

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Pronunciation: /flɪnt
 
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noun

[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.

Origin

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

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There are 2 definitions of flint in English:

Flint

Syllabification: Flint

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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