matchlock matchlock  /ˈmætʃ ˌlɑk/


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


  1. Harry Byrd was not on the Senate floor when Freshman Humphrey first discharged his matchlock.
  2. It begins with an adolescent Will composing lyrics in the forest of Charlcote Park, carries him through his matchlock wedding with Anne Hathaway and up to London.
  3. One or another of these regiments has assisted at most of England's battles, from the time of the pike and the matchlock.

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