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Definition of Flint


  1. A massive, somewhat impure variety of quartz, in color usually of a gray to brown or nearly black, breaking with a conchoidal fracture and sharp edge. It is very hard, and strikes fire with steel.
  2. A piece of flint for striking fire; -- formerly much used, esp. in the hammers of gun locks.
  3. Anything extremely hard, unimpressible, and unyielding, like flint.

Flint Quotations

Love melts the rigor which the rocks have bred; a flint will break upon a feather bed.
John Cleveland

Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark.
Henri Frederic Amiel

Back in the '80s and '90s, when GM was consistently posting giant profits, they were simultaneously firing tens of thousands of workers in my hometown of Flint and across Michigan.
Michael Moore

Wise anger is like fire from a flint: there is great ado to get it out; and when it does come, it is out again immediately.
Edward Everett Hale

I think the most interesting parts of human experience might be the sparks that come from that sort of chipping flint of cultures rubbing against each other. And living on the border between Mexico and the U.S. for so many years gave me a lot of insight into that.
Barbara Kingsolver
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Flint Translations

flint in Dutch is kiezelsteen, kiezel, keisteen
flint in French is silex
flint in Italian is acciarino
flint in Latin is silex silicis (med. cilicis)
flint in Norwegian is flint
flint in Spanish is pedernal
flint in Swedish is flinta
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