musket definition

  • noun:
    • A smoothbore neck gun utilized through the belated sixteenth through the 18th century.
    • A species of firearm previously carried by the infantry of an army. It absolutely was originally fired in the form of a match, or matchlock, for which several mechanical devices (such as the flintlock, and finally the percussion lock) had been successively replaced. This arm has been superseded by the rifle.
    • The male associated with sparrow-hawk.
    • A species of firearm previously held because of the infantry of an army. It had been initially fired by way of a match, or matchlock, that several technical appliances (including the flintlock, and finally the percussion lock) were successively replaced. This supply happens to be entirely superseded because of the rifle, and it is today just of historical interest.
    • In falconry, a substandard style of hawk; a sparrow-hawk. See eyas-musket.
    • A hand-gun for soldiers, introduced in European armies in sixteenth century: it succeeded the harquebus, and became in time the normal supply of the infantry.
    • a muzzle-loading neck gun with an extended barrel; previously utilized by infantrymen

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