Definition of matchlock in English:


Line breaks: match|lock
Pronunciation: /ˈmatʃlɒk


  • A type of gun with a lock in which a piece of wick or cord was placed for igniting the powder.
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    • 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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