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Old English flint, from Proto-Germanic *flintaz (compare Middle Dutch vlint, Old High German flins, Danish flint), from Proto-Indo-European *splind- ‎(to split, cleave) (compare Irish slinn ‎(slate, shingle), Ancient Greek πλίνθος ‎(plínthos)), from *(s)plei- ‎(to split). More at split.



flint ‎(plural flints)

  1. A hard, fine-grained quartz that fractures conchoidally and generates sparks when struck.
  2. A piece of flint, such as a gunflint, used to produce a spark.
  3. A small cylinder of some other material of the same function in a cigarette lighter, etc.

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flint ‎(third-person singular simple present flints, present participle flinting, simple past and past participle flinted)

  1. (transitive) To furnish or decorate an object with flint.