a hard stone, a form of silica resembling chalcedony but more opaque, less pure, and less lustrous.
a piece of this, especially as used for striking fire.
a chunk of this used as a primitive tool or as the core from which such a tool was struck.
something very hard or unyielding.
a small piece of metal, usually an iron alloy, used to produce a spark to ignite the fuel in a cigarette lighter.
verb (used with object)
to furnish with flint.
Austin, 1812–86, U.S. physician: founder of Bellevue and Buffalo medical colleges.
his son, Austin, 1836–1915, U.S. physiologist and physician.
a city in SE Michigan.
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
any piece of flint, esp one used as a primitive tool or for striking fire
a small cylindrical piece of an iron alloy, used in cigarette lighters
Also called flint glass, white flint. colourless glass other than plate glass
See optical flint
(transitive) to fit or provide with a flint
a town in NE Wales, in Flintshire, on the Dee estuary. Pop: 11 936 (2001)
a city in SE Michigan: closure of the car production plants led to a high level of unemployment. Pop: 120 292 (2003 est)
Old English flint “flint, rock,” common Germanic (cf. Middle Dutch vlint, Old High German flins, Danish flint), from PIE *splind- “to split, cleave,” from root *(s)plei- “to splice, split” (cf. Greek plinthos “brick, tile,” Old Irish slind “brick”). Transferred senses were in Old English.
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).
noun 1. a variety of corn, Zea mays indurata, having very hard-skinned kernels not subject to shrinkage.
[flint] /flɪnt/ noun 1. a hard stone, a form of silica resembling chalcedony but more opaque, less pure, and less lustrous. 2. a piece of this, especially as used for striking fire. 3. a chunk of this used as a primitive tool or as the core from which such a tool was struck. 4. something […]
noun, Optics. 1. an optical glass of high dispersion and a relatively high index of refraction, composed of alkalis, lead oxide, and silica, with or without other bases, sometimes used as the diverging lens component of an achromatic lens. noun 1. another name for optical flint, flint (sense 4)
[flint-hed] /ˈflɪntˌhɛd/ noun 1. the wood stork, Mycteria americana.