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Meaning of flint

flint

Pronunciation: (flint), [key]
— 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. a 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.

Flint

Pronunciation: (flint), [key]
— n.
  1. 1812–86, U.S. physician: founder of Bellevue and Buffalo medical colleges.
  2. his son1836–1915, U.S. physiologist and physician.
  3. a city in SE Michigan. 159,611.
  4. Flintshire.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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