- The definition of a flint is a piece of chert, a form of quartz, that will spark when struck with steel and can be used to start a fire.
An example of a flint is a useful camping tool to start a campfire.
A piece of flint was used to make this arrowhead.
- a dark-colored variety of chert that produces sparks when struck with steel and that breaks into pieces with sharp cutting edges
- a piece of this stone, used to start a fire, for primitive tools, etc.
- a small piece of metal consisting of iron and misch metal, used to strike the spark in a cigarette lighter
- anything extremely hard or firm like flint
Origin of flintMiddle English ; from Old English akin to Norwegian stone splinter: see flinders
Origin of Flintafter the nearby Flint River, so called from the flint stones in it
- A very hard, fine-grained quartz that sparks when struck with steel.
- a. A piece of flint used to produce a spark.b. A small solid cylinder of a spark-producing alloy, used in lighters to ignite the fuel.
- A piece of flint used as a tool by prehistoric humans.
- Something resembling flint in hardness: a jaw of flint.
Origin of flintMiddle English, from Old English.
(third-person singular simple present flints, present participle flinting, simple past and past participle flinted)
- To furnish or decorate an object with flint.
Old English flint, from Proto-Germanic *flintaz (compare Middle Dutch vlint, Old High German flins, Danish flint), from Proto-Indo-European *splind- (“to split, cleave”) (compare Irish slinn (“slate, shingle”), Ancient Greek πλίνθος (plinthos)), from *(s)plei- (“to split”). More at split.