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Corrupted from luntstock, Dutch lonistok, from lont (lunt) + stok (stock, stick). See link (a torch), lunt, and stock.


linstock (plural linstocks)

  1. (historical) A pointed forked staff, shod with iron at the foot, to hold a lighted match for firing cannon.
    • 1598, Ben Jonson, Every Man in His Humour, Act II, Scene 3, [1]
      [] now, sir, (as we were to ascend), their master gunner (a man of no mean skill and courage, you must think,) confronts me with his linstock ready to give fire;
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Henry V, Act III, Chorus, [2]
      The offer likes not: and the nimble gunner / With linstock now the devilish cannon touches, [Alarum, and chambers go off] / And down goes all before them.
    • 1823, Walter Scott, Quentin Durward, Chapter XXV, [3]
      " [] And now, our news are told, noble Crevecoeur, and what think you they resemble?" "A mine full charged with gunpowder," answered Crevecoeur, "to which, I fear, it is my fate to bring the kindled linstock. Your news and mine are like flax and fire, which cannot meet without bursting into flame, or like certain chemical substances which cannot be mingled without an explosion."
    • 1863, Charles Reade, Hard Cash: A Matter-of-Fact Romance, Boston: Dana Estes & Co., Vol. I, Chapter VIII, p. 222, [4]
      The ship no sooner crossed the schooner's bows than a Malay ran forward with a linstock. Pop went the colonel's ready carbine, and the Malay fell over dead, and the linstock flew out of his hand.
    • For further quotations, see lintstock.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for linstock in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)