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a hard kind of stone; a form of silica more opaque than chalcedony
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
a city in southeast central Michigan near Detroit; automobile manufacturing
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"
A hard, fine-grained quartz that fractures conchoidally and generates sparks when struck.
A piece of flint, such as a gunflint, used to produce a spark.
A small cylinder of some other material of the same function in a cigarette lighter, etc.
To furnish or decorate an object with flint.
A city in Michigan
An unincorporated community in Texas
Etymology: flint, from flintaz (compare vlint, flins, flint), from splind- (compare slinn, πλίνθος), from (s)plei-. More at split.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
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.
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
a piece of flint for striking fire; -- formerly much used, esp. in the hammers of gun locks
anything extremely hard, unimpressible, and unyielding, like flint
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.]
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
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, 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.
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
The stone of a gun-lock, by which a spark was elicited for the discharge of the loaded piece.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
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.
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
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
From the flint or quartz which abounds in this country.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
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.
The numerical value of flint in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of flint in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Examples of flint in a Sentence
The triggering event was very clearly the use of Flint River water without any corrosion control, had the corrosion control been in the water, disinfectant would have been higher, iron would have been lower, probably the outbreak would not have occurred.
I was actually going to go turn myself in, and then I started thinking about the missing black women and children, i started thinking about Flint, Michigan. I started thinking about the crack cocaine epidemic. I started thinking about all the injustice and the atrocities that my people go through. And that's why I snapped.
In light of the situation and the concerns of Flint River residents we felt it necessary to put out there that we are looking into it.
I believe the Kennedy School needs to study both failures and successes of government, and we anticipated that students would have learned from engaging with and questioning Governor Snyder about his consequential role in decisions regarding Flint and many other issues during his eight years in office.
What our experiment is going to do is show why the Flint river water was growing more legionella. This is the only way you can do that testing becuase that water doesn't exist anymore, we had to recreate it.
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Translations for flint
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- кремък, камъчеBulgarian
- pedra foguera, sílex, pedrenyera, pedrenyalCatalan, Valencian
- ildsten, flintDanish
- Feuerstein, SilexGerman
- pedernal, sílexSpanish
- piikivi, kiviFinnish
- pierre à briquet, pierre à fusil, silexFrench
- pietra focaia, selceItalian
- 수석, 燧石, 플린트Korean
- кремен, белутракMacedonian
- keisteen, vuursteenDutch
- bééshNavajo, Navaho
- pederneira, sílexPortuguese
- креме́нь, огни́воRussian
- кре̏ме̄н, krȅmēnSerbo-Croatian
- silicit, buližník, rohovec, pazúrik, flintSlovak
- đá lửaVietnamese
- flintoin, flintoin günaVolapük
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