wheel lock definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
- 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
wheel lock definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.