Definition of linstock in English:

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linstock

Pronunciation: /ˈlɪnstɒk/

noun

historical
A long pole used to hold a match for firing a cannon.
Example sentences
  • The presence of copper alloy priming wire and a carved linstock - a staff for holding a lighted match for firing cannons - suggest that he might have been a master gunner.
  • He grabbed his linstock, slipped down the hatchway, grabbing the remaining match.

Origin

Late 16th century: from earlier lintstock, from Dutch lontstok, from lont 'match' + stok 'stick'. The change in the first syllable was due to association with lint.

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