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    Flint - (n.) A massive, somewhat impure variety of quartz, in color usually of a gray to brown or nearly black, breaking with a conchoidal fracture and sharp edge. It is very hard, and strikes fire with steel.
    Flint - (n.) A piece of flint for striking fire; -- formerly much used, esp. in the hammers of gun locks.
    Flint - (n.) Anything extremely hard, unimpressible, and unyielding, like flint.
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    Flint glass - () A soft, heavy, brilliant glass, consisting essentially of a silicate of lead and potassium. It is used for tableware, and for optical instruments, as prisms, its density giving a high degree of dispersive power; -- so called, because formerly the silica was obtained from pulverized flints. Called also crystal glass. Cf. Glass.
    Flint-hearted - (a.) Hard-hearted.
    Flintiness - (n.) The state or quality of being flinty; hardness; cruelty.
    Flintlock - (n.) A lock for a gun or pistol, having a flint fixed in the hammer, which on striking the steel ignites the priming.
    Flintlock - (n.) A hand firearm fitted with a flintlock; esp., the old-fashioned musket of European and other armies.
    Flintware - (n.) A superior kind of earthenware into whose composition flint enters largely.
    Flintwood - (n.) An Australian name for the very hard wood of the Eucalyptus piluralis.
    Flinty - (superl.) Consisting of, composed of, abounding in, or resembling, flint; as, a flinty rock; flinty ground; a flinty heart.
    Gunflint - (n.) A sharpened flint for the lock of a gun, to ignite the charge. It was in common use before the introduction of percussion caps.
    Skinflint - (n.) A penurious person; a miser; a niggard.
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    Oxford: Definition:
    Flint - n. 1 a hard grey siliceous stone. B piece of this, esp. As a primitive tool or weapon. 2 piece of hard alloy used to give a spark. 3 anything hard and unyielding. flinty adj. (-ier, -iest). [old english]
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    Flintlock - n. Hist. Old type of gun fired by a spark from a flint.
    Skinflint - n. Miser.

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