linstock [lin-stok] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. a staff with one end forked to hold a match, formerly used in firing cannon.

Origin of linstock 1565–75; earlier lyntstock Dutch lontstock match-stick, with lint replacing lont by association with the material commonly used as tinder Examples from the Web for linstock Historical Examples of linstock

  • The first thing he perceived was the linstock cut in two by a pair of shears.

    ‘Midst the Wild Carpathians

    Mr Jkai

  • This was applying the linstock to the priming with a vengeance.

    Jack in the Forecastle

    John Sherburne Sleeper

  • So, throwing away the linstock, he began to run; and the Spaniards came up with him and killed him.

    The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898: Volume XXXI, 1640

    Diego Aduarte

  • Pop went the colonel’s ready carbine, and the Malay fell over dead, and the linstock flew out of his hand.

    Hard Cash

    Charles Reade

  • It was attached to a linstock (fig. 18), a forked stick long enough to keep the cannoneer out of the way of the recoil.

    Artillery Through the Ages

    Albert Manucy

  • British Dictionary definitions for linstock linstock noun

    1. a long staff holding a lighted match, formerly used to fire a cannon

    Word Origin for linstock C16: from Dutch lontstok, from lont match + stok stick Word Origin and History for linstock n.

    forked staff used for firing a cannon, 1570s, from Dutch lonstok, from lont “match” + stok “stick.”

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