firelock (plural firelocks)
- (historical) A form of gunlock, in which the priming is ignited by a spark. [from 16th c.]
- (historical) A firearm using such a gunlock. [from 17th c.]
- 1824, Town and Country Tales, page 115:
- Alfred, surprised to meet his father, whom he thought absent from home, […] stood, holding his firelock in one hand, and his hat in the other […]
- 1999, Mike Mitchell, translating Johann Grimmelshausen, Simplicissimus, Dedalus 2016, p. 48:
- Before we were out of the forest, however, we saw about ten peasants, some armed with firelocks [transl. Feuer-rohren], others busy burying something.