from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A gunlock in which powder is ignited by a match.
  • noun A musket having such a gunlock.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The earliest form of musket-lock, constructed so as to be fired by means of a match in the form of a cord.
  • noun A musket furnished with a match-lock; a gun fired by means of a lighted match.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An old form of gunlock containing a match for firing the priming; hence, a musket fired by means of a match.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Early type of firearm, using a smoldering piece of cord to fire the powder in the firing pan.
  • noun The gunlock used in such a weapon, having a slow smouldering match, see: slow match.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an early style of musket; a slow-burning wick would be lowered into a hole in the breech to ignite the charge


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From match + lock.


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