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flint


  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flint  \Flint\,  n.  [AS.  flint,  akin  to  Sw  flinta,  Dan.  flint; 
  cf  OHG.  flins  flint,  G.  flinte  gun  (cf.  E.  flintlock),  perh. 
  akin  to  Gr  ?  brick.  Cf  {Plinth}.] 
  1.  (Min.)  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. 
 
  2.  A  piece  of  flint  for  striking  fire;  --  formerly  much  used 
  esp.  in  the  hammers  of  gun  locks. 
 
  3.  Anything  extremely  hard,  unimpressible  and  unyielding, 
  like  flint.  ``A  heart  of  flint.''  --Spenser. 
 
  {Flint  age}.  (Geol.)  Same  as  {Stone  age},  under  {Stone}. 
 
  {Flint  brick},  a  fire  made  principially  of  powdered  silex. 
 
  {Flint  glass}.  See  in  the  Vocabulary. 
 
  {Flint  implements}  (Arch[ae]ol.),  tools,  etc.,  employed  by 
  men  before  the  use  of  metals,  such  as  axes,  arrows, 
  spears,  knives,  wedges,  etc.,  which  were  commonly  made  of 
  flint,  but  also  of  granite,  jade,  jasper,  and  other  hard 
  stones. 
 
  {Flint  mill}. 
  a  (Pottery)  A  mill  in  which  flints  are  ground. 
  b  (Mining)  An  obsolete  appliance  for  lighting  the  miner 
  at  his  work  in  which  flints  on  a  revolving  wheel  were 
  made  to  produce  a  shower  of  sparks,  which  gave  light, 
  but  did  not  inflame  the  fire  damp.  --Knight. 
 
  {Flint  stone},  a  hard,  siliceous  stone;  a  flint. 
 
  {Flint  wall},  a  kind  of  wall,  common  in  England,  on  the  face 
  of  which  are  exposed  the  black  surfaces  of  broken  flints 
  set  in  the  mortar,  with  quions  of  masonry. 
 
  {Liquor  of  flints},  a  solution  of  silica,  or  flints,  in 
  potash. 
 
  {To  skin  a  flint},  to  be  capable  of  or  guilty  of  any 
  expedient  or  any  meanness  for  making  money.  [Colloq.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  flint 
  n  :  a  hard  kind  of  stone;  a  form  of  silica  more  opaque  than 
  chalcedony 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Flint,  MI  (city,  FIPS  29000) 
  Location:  43.02285  N,  83.69280  W 
  Population  (1990):  140761  (58724  housing  units) 
  Area:  87.6  sq  km  (land),  1.1  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  48502,  48503,  48505,  48507 
  Flint,  TX 
  Zip  code(s):  75762 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Flint 
  abounds  in  all  the  plains  and  valleys  of  the  wilderness  of  the 
  forty  years'  wanderings.  In  Isa.  50:7  and  Ezek.  3:9  the 
  expressions,  where  the  word  is  used  means  that  the  "Messiah 
  would  be  firm  and  resolute  amidst  all  contempt  and  scorn  which 
  he  would  meet  that  he  had  made  up  his  mind  to  endure  it  and 
  would  not  shrink  from  any  kind  or  degree  of  suffering  which 
  would  be  necessary  to  accomplish  the  great  work  in  which  he  was 
  engaged."  (Comp.  Ezek.  3:8,  9.)  The  words  "like  a  flint"  are 
  used  with  reference  to  the  hoofs  of  horses  (Isa.  5:28). 
 




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