Definition of "matchlock" [match•lock]

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

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Use "matchlock" in a sentence
  • "Firing had ceased; to load a matchlock was a long affair, and though the attackers might have divided and come forward in relays with loaded weapons, they would have run the risk of hitting their own friends."
  • "A bearded ruffian, whose only costume was a flannel shirt and a pair of seedy check trousers, but whose eye was as keen as a hawk's, and whose shining "matchlock" had seventeen notches [24] along its stock, caught the subaltern's query."
  • "They were apparently fairly well supplied with them, of either the "matchlock" or "snaphance""