What does matchlock mean?

Definitions for matchlock
ˈmætʃˌlɒkmatchlock

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. matchlocknoun

    an early style of musket; a slow-burning wick would be lowered into a hole in the breech to ignite the charge

Wiktionary

  1. matchlocknoun

    Early type of firearm, using a smoldering piece of cord to fire the powder in the firing pan.

    Etymology: From match + lock.

  2. matchlocknoun

    The gunlock used in such a weapon, having a slow smouldering match.

    Etymology: From match + lock.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Matchlocknoun

    an old form of gunlock containing a match for firing the priming; hence, a musket fired by means of a match

Freebase

  1. Matchlock

    The matchlock was the first mechanism, or "lock" invented to facilitate the firing of a hand-held firearm. This design removed the need to lower by hand a lit match into the weapon's flash pan and made it possible to have both hands free to keep a firm grip on the weapon at the moment of firing, and, more importantly, to keep both eyes on the target.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. matchlock

    A musket fired with a match fixed on the cock opening the pan; long out of use, except in China and some parts of India.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. matchlock

    The lock of a musket containing a match for firing it; hence, a musket fired by means of a match.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of matchlock in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of matchlock in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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