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flint (flɪnt Pronunciation for flint



  1. an impure opaque microcrystalline greyish-black form of quartz that occurs in chalk. It produces sparks when struck with steel and is used in the manufacture of pottery, flint glass, and road-construction materials. Formula: SiO2
  2. any piece of flint, esp one used as a primitive tool or for striking fire
  3. a small cylindrical piece of an iron alloy, used in cigarette lighters
  4. Also called: flint glass, white flint. colourless glass other than plate glass
  5. See optical flint


  1. (transitive) to fit or provide with a flint

Word Origin

Old English; related to Old High German flins, Old Swedish flinta splinter of stone, Latin splendēre to shine

Flint (flɪnt Pronunciation for Flint



  1. a town in NE Wales, in Flintshire, on the Dee estuary. Pop: 11 936 (2001)
  2. a city in SE Michigan: closure of the car production plants led to a high level of unemployment. Pop: 120 292 (2003 est)

Example Sentences Including 'flint'

Buckinghamshire's diverse countryside gives rise to an unusual variety of soils and building materials, including brick, flint and timber.
Country Life (2004)
He was not yet four but was sturdy and tough with thick fair hair and eyes the colour of flint.
Howatch, Susan Ultimate Prizes
If the stone for the tool isn't flint , it should be as fine-grained as possible.
Francis Pryor BRITAIN BC: Life In Britain and Ireland before the Romans (2003)
It came from all the men except Vatukin, who'd just stared at her with his flint eyes.
Mark Burnell CHAMELEON (2002)
She said she'd seen a piece of flint -- like Aboriginal flint -- in Tessa's hand.
The Australian (2005)
The brick and flint frontage overlooks fields down to the coast and on a clear day you can see the Isle of Wight.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
The process leaves behind flint shards that are produced as the stone tools strike the shells.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
The weapon, believed to be an Aboriginal flint , is still in his body.
The Australian (2005)
ohm Mother, help us, reward our labour, open to us the rich vein of flint that you hide deep in your body.
Harris, Elizabeth Time of the Wolf


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