firelock

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

fire +‎ lock

Noun[edit]

firelock (plural firelocks)

  1. An old form of gunlock, as the flintlock, which ignites the priming by a spark.
    • 1819, Washington Irving, The Sketch Book, Rip Van Winkle:
      He looked round for his gun, but … he found an old firelock lying by him, … He now suspected that the grave roysters of the mountain had put a trick upon him, ….
    • 1824, Town and Country Tales (page 115)
      Alfred, surprised to meet his father, whom he thought absent from home, [] stood, holding his firelock in one hand, and his hat in the other []

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