Definition of Matchlock

1. Noun. An early style of musket; a slow-burning wick would be lowered into a hole in the breech to ignite the charge.

Generic synonyms: Musket



Definition of Matchlock

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

Definition of Matchlock

1. Noun. Early type of firearm, using a smoldering piece of cord to fire the powder in the firing pan. ¹

2. Noun. The gunlock used in such a weapon, having a slow smouldering match. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Matchlock

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Matchlock

matchflare
matchflares
matchgate
matchgates
matchgirl
matchgirls
matching funds
matching number
matching numbers
matchings
matchless
matchlessly
matchlessness
matchlit
matchlock (current term)
matchlocks
matchmade
matchmake
matchmaker
matchmakers
matchmakes
matchmaking
matchmakings
matchmark
matchmarked
matchmarking
matchmarks
matchplay
matchpoint

Literary usage of Matchlock

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland by Society of Antiquaries of Scotland (1871)
"The matchlock now exhibited is the property of Henry Bruce, of Eder- line, ... The wooden stock of the matchlock is ornamented with gilding and painting, ..."

2. The Works of the Right Honorable Edmund Burke by Edmund Burke (1866)
"... [matchlock-men], of which I sent you information ; and I told Mr. Markham that they were ready to go to whatever place they should be sent. ..."

3. A Description of Indian and Oriental Armour: Illustrated from the Collection by Wilbraham Egerton Egerton (1896)
"matchlock ; the breech inlaid with gold enrichments ; stock of dark wood with ... matchlock ACCOUTREMENTS ; " Kamr ;" consisting of powder-flask, pouches, ..."

4. A Review of the History of Infantry by Ernest Marsh Lloyd (1908)
"VI THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY : I IN the course of the seventeenth century the firelock was gradually superseding the matchlock as an infantry weapon. ..."

5. The American Colonies in the Seventeenth Century by Herbert Levi Osgood (1904)
"Previous to the time of Philip's war, the musket which was in common use was the matchlock.6 In this the powder was fired by a slow-burning match-cord, ..."

6. The Household History of the United States and Its People: For Young Americans by Edward Eggleston (1888)
"matchlock. At the first arrival of white men, they protected themselves by wearing armor, ... In order to shoot, the soldier had to place in matchlock -GUN. ..."

7. An Illustrated Handbook of Indian Arms: Being a Classified and Descriptive by Indian Museum, Wilbraham Egerton Egerton (1880)
"matchlock ; the breech inlaid with gold enrichments ; stock of dark wood with brass and ivory ... Punjab. L. 4 ft. 7 in. (12.539.-'69.) 677.* matchlock ..."

8. The Portuguese Expedition to Abyssinia in 1541-1543 as Narrated by Castanhoso by Miguel de Castanhoso, João Bermudes, Gaspar Corrêa (1902)
"... fought the first Battle with the King of Zeila, in which the Moor was defeated, and wounded by a matchlock Bullet. ..."

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