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Princeton's WordNet

  1. flintnoun

    a hard kind of stone; a form of silica more opaque than chalcedony

  2. Flint, Flint Rivernoun

    a river in western Georgia that flows generally south to join the Chattahoochee River at the Florida border where they form the Apalachicola River

  3. Flintadjective

    a city in southeast central Michigan near Detroit; automobile manufacturing

  4. flinty, flint, granitic, obdurate, stonyadjective

    showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings

    "his flinty gaze"; "the child's misery would move even the most obdurate heart"


  1. flintnoun

    A hard, fine-grained quartz that fractures conchoidally and generates sparks when struck.

  2. flintnoun

    A piece of flint, such as a gunflint, used to produce a spark.

  3. flintnoun

    A small cylinder of some other material of the same function in a cigarette lighter, etc.

  4. flintverb

    To furnish or decorate an object with flint.

  5. Flintnoun

    A city in Michigan

  6. Flintnoun

    An unincorporated community in Texas

  7. Etymology: flint, from flintaz (compare vlint, flins, flint), from splind- (compare slinn, πλίνθος), from (s)plei-. More at split.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FLINTnoun

    1.A semi-pellucid stone, composed of crystal debased, of a blackish grey, of one similar and equal substance, free from veins, and naturally invested with a whitish crust. It is sometimes smooth and equal, more frequently rough: its size is various. It is well known to strike fire with steel. It is useful in glassmaking. John Hill on Fossils.

    Etymology: flint, Saxon.

    Searching the window for a flint, I found
    This paper. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    Love melts the rigour which the rocks have bred;
    A flint will break upon a featherbed. John Cleveland.

    There is the same force and the same refreshing virtue in fire kindled by a spark from a flint, as if it were kindled by a beam from the sun. Robert South, Sermons.

    Take this, and lay your flint edg’d weapon by. Dryden.

    I’ll fetch quick fuel from the neighb’ring wood,
    And strike the sparkling flint, and dress the food. Matthew Prior.

    Your tears, a heart of flint
    Might tender make. Edmund Spenser.

    Throw my heart
    Against the flint and hardness of my fault. William Shakespeare, Ant. and Cleop.


  1. Flint

    Flint, occasionally flintstone, is a sedimentary cryptocrystalline form of the mineral quartz, categorized as the variety of chert that occurs in chalk or marly limestone. Flint was widely used historically to make stone tools and start fires. It occurs chiefly as nodules and masses in sedimentary rocks, such as chalks and limestones. Inside the nodule, flint is usually dark grey, black, green, white or brown in colour, and often has a glassy or waxy appearance. A thin layer on the outside of the nodules is usually different in colour, typically white and rough in texture. The nodules can often be found along streams and beaches. Flint breaks and chips into sharp-edged pieces, making it useful for knife blades and other cutting tools. The use of flint to make stone tools dates back hundreds of thousands of years, and flint's extreme durability has made it possible to accurately date its use over this time. Flint is one of the primary materials used to define the Stone Age. During the Stone Age, access to flint was so important for survival that people would travel or trade to obtain flint. Flint Ridge in Ohio was an important source of flint and Native Americans extracted the flint from hundreds of quarries along the ridge. This "Ohio Flint" was traded across the eastern United States and has been found as far west as the Rocky Mountains and south around the Gulf of Mexico.When struck against steel, flint will produce enough sparks to ignite a fire with the correct tinder, or gunpowder used in weapons, namely the flintlock firing mechanism. Although it has been superseded in these uses by different processes (the percussion cap), or materials (ferrocerium), "flint" has lent its name as generic term for a fire starter.


  1. flint

    Flint is a hard type of sedimentary rock primarily composed of compacted quartz. It is typically dark grey, black, or white in color and is known for its ability to create sparks when struck against steel. Due to this property, it has been used since prehistoric times for making tools, including knives and arrowheads, and for starting fires.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flintnoun

    a massive, somewhat impure variety of quartz, in color usually of a gray to brown or nearly black, breaking with a conchoidal fracture and sharp edge. It is very hard, and strikes fire with steel

  2. Flintnoun

    a piece of flint for striking fire; -- formerly much used, esp. in the hammers of gun locks

  3. Flintnoun

    anything extremely hard, unimpressible, and unyielding, like flint

  4. Etymology: [AS. flint, akin to Sw. flinta, Dan. flint; cf. OHG. flins flint, G. flinte gun (cf. E. flintlock), perh. akin to Gr. brick. Cf. Plinth.]


  1. Flint

    Flint is a hard, sedimentary cryptocrystalline form of the mineral quartz, categorized as a variety of chert. It occurs chiefly as nodules and masses in sedimentary rocks, such as chalks and limestones. Inside the nodule, flint is usually dark grey, black, green, white, or brown in colour, and often has a glassy or waxy appearance. A thin layer on the outside of the nodules is usually different in colour, typically white and rough in texture. From a petrological point of view, "flint" refers specifically to the form of chert which occurs in chalk or marly limestone. Similarly, "common chert" occurs in limestone.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Flint

    flint, n. a hard mineral, a variety of quartz, from which fire is readily struck with steel: anything proverbially hard.—adj. made of flint, hard.—n. Flint′-glass, a very fine and pure kind of glass, so called because originally made of calcined flints.—adjs. Flint′-heart, -ed (Shak.), having a hard heart.—v.t. Flint′ify, to turn to flint.—ns. Flint′iness; Flint′-lock, a gun-lock having a flint fixed in the hammer for striking fire and igniting the priming.—adj. Flint′y, consisting of or like flint: hard: cruel.—Flint implements, arrow, axe, and spear heads, &c. made by man before the use of metals, commonly found in prehistoric graves, &c. [A.S. flint; Dan. flint; Gr. plinthos, a brick.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Flint

    1, a maritime county (77) of North Wales, between Lancashire and Denbigh, of which a detached portion lies to the N. of Shropshire; low stretches of sand form its foreshore, but inland it is hilly, with here and there a picturesque and fertile valley in which dairy-farming is extensively carried on. 2, a seaport (5), on the estuary of the Dee, 13 m. NW. of Chester; has ruins of a castle with interesting historical associations; in the neighbourhood are copper-works and lead and coal mines.


  1. Flint

    Flint is the mobile payments company that is creating the easiest way for on-the-go businesses to accept credit cards and to find new customers through social marketing. The company's first product is an iPhone app that enables merchants to process credit card payments easily and securely using only their phone - without any additional hardware. Founded in 2011 and headquartered in Redwood City, California, Flint is backed by top-tier venture capital firms Storm Ventures and True Ventures.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. flint

    The stone of a gun-lock, by which a spark was elicited for the discharge of the loaded piece.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. flint

    In the flint-lock musket, the stone which was fixed to the cock or gun-lock by which the sparks were elicited that discharged the piece.

Editors Contribution

  1. flint

    A type of natural mineral element.

    Flint is a form of mineral quartz and is used for various purposes e.g. building materials.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 5, 2017  

  2. flint

    A type of natural resource.

    Flint is a type of natural stone and is found near the coast in some countries and is used as a building material.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 5, 2017  

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Flint

    From the flint or quartz which abounds in this country.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. FLINT

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Flint is ranked #2399 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Flint surname appeared 15,123 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 5 would have the surname Flint.

    85.2% or 12,886 total occurrences were White.
    9.4% or 1,425 total occurrences were Black.
    2.4% or 375 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.8% or 280 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 92 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.4% or 64 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Flint in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Flint in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Flint in a Sentence

  1. Mayor Karen Weaver:

    The credits are coming, flint residents need and deserve this relief. I've said from day one, Flint residents should not have to pay for water they cannot and are not using.

  2. The Republican governor:

    This denial is especially frustrating as it would have provided aid to individual households in Flint.

  3. Mayor Karen Weaver:

    We'll let the investigations determine who is to blame for Flint's water crisis, but I'm focused on solving it, we are going to restore safe drinking water one house at a time, one child at a time, until the lead pipes are gone.

  4. Nikolai Vitti:

    I haven’t made this decision based on what happened on the Flint situation, i’m making this decision because I feel like it’s the best decision for children.

  5. Joel Beauvais:

    The crisis in Flint, Michigan has brought to the forefront the challenges many communities across the country are facing, including from lead pipes that carry Two Michigan officials drinking water.

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