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- an early type of gunlock in which a rough wheel is spun on a piece of pyrite or flint to throw sparks into the pan and set off the charge
- a gun with such a lock
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nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- A firing mechanism in certain obsolete small arms, in which a small wheel produces sparks by revolving against a flint.
- A firearm using such a mechanism.