flint

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
flint /flɪnt/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Rocks[uncountable] a hard gray stone, a form of silica.
  2. Rocks[countable] a piece of this, esp. when it is used for striking fire.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
flint  (flint),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a hard stone, a form of silica resembling chalcedony but more opaque, less pure, and less lustrous.
  2. a piece of this, esp. as used for striking fire.
  3. Archaeologya chunk of this used as a primitive tool or as the core from which such a tool was struck.
  4. something very hard or unyielding.
  5. a small piece of metal, usually an iron alloy, used to produce a spark to ignite the fuel in a cigarette lighter.

v.t. 
  1. to furnish with flint.
flintlike′, adj. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Middle Dutch vlint, Danish flint; compare plinth

Flint  (flint),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. BiographicalAustin, 1812–86, U.S. physician: founder of Bellevue and Buffalo medical colleges.
  2. Biographicalhis son  Austin, 1836–1915, U.S. physiologist and physician.
  3. Place Namesa city in SE Michigan. 159,611.
  4. Place NamesFlintshire.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
flint /flɪnt/ n
  1. 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
  2. any piece of flint, esp one used as a primitive tool or for striking fire
  3. a small cylindrical piece of an iron alloy, used in cigarette lighters

  4. Also called: flint glass, white flint colourless glass other than plate glass
Etymology: Old English; related to Old High German flins, Old Swedish flinta splinter of stone, Latin splendēre to shine
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
Flint /flɪnt/ n
  1. a town in NE Wales, in Flintshire, on the Dee estuary. Pop: 11 936 (2001)
  2. a city in SE Michigan: closure of the car production plants led to a high level of unemployment. Pop: 120 292 (2003 est)
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