Definition of "flint" []

  • A very hard, fine-grained quartz that sparks when struck with steel. (noun)
  • A piece of flint used to produce a spark. (noun)
  • A small solid cylinder of a spark-producing alloy, used in lighters to ignite the fuel. (noun)
  • A piece of flint used as a tool by prehistoric humans. (noun)
  • Something resembling flint in hardness: a jaw of flint. (noun)
  • An impure opaque microcrystalline greyish-black form of quartz that occurs in chalk. It produces sparks when struck with steel and is used in the manufacture of pottery, flint glass, and road-construction materials. Formula: SiO2 (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Any piece of flint, esp one used as a primitive tool or for striking fire (noun)
  • A small cylindrical piece of an iron alloy, used in cigarette lighters (noun)
  • Colourless glass other than plate glass (noun)
  • To fit or provide with a flint (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "flint" in a sentence
  • "The Jews seem to have performed the rite of circumcision with flint implements, for we read in Exodus that Zipporah, the wife of Moses, took a sharp stone for that purpose; and the phrase translated "sharp knives" in Joshua v. 2 -- "At that time the Lord said unto Joshua, Make thee sharp knives, and circumcise again the children of Israel the second time" -- should be translated, as in the marginal reference, _knives of flint_."
  • "The benifit of the flint is that it will throw a shower of sparks even when it is soaking wet, and for the little bit of room it takes up, there's no sense in leaving it."
  • "Worst line: “Here are me, Brian, Tom, Jim and Gregg outside our house in flint Michigan.”"