Definition of Musket

1. Noun. A muzzle-loading shoulder gun with a long barrel; formerly used by infantrymen.

Specialized synonyms: Blunderbuss, Culverin, Fusil, Matchlock
Generic synonyms: Muzzle Loader
Derivative terms: Musketeer



Definition of Musket

1. n. The male of the sparrow hawk.

Definition of Musket

1. Noun. 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 This arm has been superseded by the rifle. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Musket

1. a type of firearm [n -S] - See also: firearm

Medical Definition of Musket

1. 1. The male of the sparrow hawk. 2. 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 This arm has been generally superseded by the rifle. Origin: F. Mousquet, It. Moschetto, formerly, a kind of hawk; cf. OF. Mousket, moschet, a kind of hawk falcon, F. Mouchet, prop, a little fly (the hawk prob. Being named from its size), fr. L. Musca a fly. Cf. Mosquito] [Sometimes written also musquet. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Musket

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muskeg
muskegs
muskellunge
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musket (current term)
musket ball
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musketries
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muskier
muskies
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muskimoot

Literary usage of Musket

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1. Trials for High Treason, in Scotland: Under a Special Commission, Held at by Scotland Courts of Oyer and Terminer and General Gaol Delivery, Charles John Green (1825)
"Q. Did he appear to be knocking his musket against the wall ? A. Yes. ... A, He struck one of our regiment on the thigh with the butt of the musket. ..."

2. The Rebellion Record: A Diary of American Events by Frank Moore, Edward Everett (1868)
"He was struck in the left shoulder by a musket ball, which broke the spine, and ended his life in a few hours. He was a general favorite, ..."

3. Travels in Various Countries of Europe, Asia and Africa by Edward Daniel Clarke (1824)
"Curious Whee'-lock musket. CHAP. II. UPSALA TO STOCKHOLM. Specimens from the Herbarium of Linnaeus — Curious Wheel-lock musket—Gamla ..."

4. Travels in Various Countries of Europe, Asia and Africa by Edward Daniel Clarke (1824)
"Curious Wheel-lock musket. CHAP. II. UPSALA TO STOCKHOLM. Specimens from the Herbarium of Linnaeus — Curious Wheel-lock musket—Gamla ..."

5. Public Papers of George Clinton, First Governor of New York, 1777-1795, 1801 by George Clinton, Hugh Hastings, James Austin Holden, New York (State). State Historian (1900)
"Order for musket Cartridges. Poughkeepsie Sept. 22d 1778. ... Commiss'ra for Conspiracies &c. at Poughkeepsie or their Order 1000 musket Cartridges filled ..."

6. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1899)
"The port-fire burned out, and he again advanced and relit it. It again failed, and, procuring a musket, Walker went to the vicinity of the gate and fired ..."

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