Share this entry
matchlock Line breaks: match|lock
Pronunciation: /ˈmatʃlɒk/

Definition of matchlock in English:


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.

Words that rhyme with matchlock

padlock • armlock
Definition of matchlock in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources