Definition of matchlock in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmatʃlɒk/


A type of gun with a lock in which a piece of wick or cord was placed for igniting the powder.
Example sentences
  • The infantry of early modern Europe combined the fire of gunpowder weapons - first the arquebus and then the matchlock musket - and the shock of cold steel.
  • The discovery of gun powder by the Chinese lead to the development of the matchlock musket.
  • A simple lesson, but one a man might forget in a pinch: Their rifles are matchlocks.

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