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Definitions of musket

  1. a muzzle-loading shoulder gun with a long barrel; formerly used by infantrymen Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. The male of the sparrow hawk. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A species of firearm formerly carried by the infantry of an army. It was originally fired by means of a match, or matchlock, for which several mechanical appliances (including the flintlock, and finally the percussion lock) were successively substituted. This arm has been generally superseded by the rifle. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A handgum formerly carried by infantry. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. Formerly, the common hand-gun of soldiers. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. A firearm used by soldiers. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. A former smooth-bore military hand-gun. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. A hand-gun used in war; a male hawk of a small kind, the female of which is originally the sparrow-hawk. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  9. The firearm formerly used by soldiers of the line; a young male sparrow-hawk. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  10. A species of firearm formerly carried by the infantry of an army. It was originally fired by means of a match, or matchlock, for which several mechanical appliances (including the flintlock, and finally the percussion lock) were successively substituted. This arm has been completely superseded by the rifle, and is now only of historical interest. dictgcide_fs
  11. mus'ket, n. any kind of smooth-bore military hand-gun: a male sparrow-hawk.--ns. MUSKETEER', a soldier armed with a musket; MUSKETOON', MUSQUETOON', a short musket: one armed with a musketoon.--adj. MUS'KET-PROOF, capable of resisting the force of a musket-ball.--ns. MUS'KET-REST, a fork used as a support for the heavy 16th-century musket--also Croc; MUS'KETRY, muskets in general; practice with muskets: a body of troops armed with muskets; MUS'KET-SHOT, the discharge of a musket, the reach of a musket. [O. Fr. mousquet, a musket, formerly a hawk--It. mosquetto--L. musca, a fly.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  12. Infantry soldier\'s hand-gun (now usu. of obsolete kinds, cf. RIFLE); m.-shot, shot fired from m., range of m. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  13. This name for a modern firearm is derived from the mosquet, or sparrow-hawk; so called from its dappled [L.] plumage. The names of other birds used in falconry were applied, on the disuse of that sport, to firearms. Thus the falcon became the name of a heavier sort of artillery; the Fr. sacre and Eng. saker, a hawk, also denoted a gun; and the It. terzuolo, or hawk, is also a small pistol. -Max Muller, Lectures on Language. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  14. n. [Italian] A fire-arm used in warfare, first fired by a match-look, afterwards by a percussion-lock. A kind of small hawk. Cabinet Dictionary

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