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mus·ket

 (mŭs′kĭt)
n.
A smoothbore shoulder gun used from the late 1500s through the early 1800s.

[French mousquet, from Italian moschetto, moschetta, a type of crossbow, musket, from moschetto, male sparrowhawk, bolt of a crossbow, from diminutive of mosca, fly (the male of the Eurasian sparrowhawk (Accipter nisus) being so called because it is smaller than the female), from Latin musca.]

musket

(ˈmʌskɪt)
n
(Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a long-barrelled muzzle-loading shoulder gun used between the 16th and 18th centuries by infantry soldiers
[C16: from French mousquet, from Italian moschetto arrow, earlier: sparrow hawk, from moscha a fly, from Latin musca]

mus•ket

(ˈmʌs kɪt)

n.
a heavy, large-caliber smoothbore gun for infantry soldiers: predecessor of the modern rifle.
[1580–90; < Middle French mousquet < Italian moschetto crossbow bolt, later, musket, orig. kind of hawk =mosch(a) fly (< Latin musca) + -etto -et]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.musket - a muzzle-loading shoulder gun with a long barrelmusket - a muzzle-loading shoulder gun with a long barrel; formerly used by infantrymen
blunderbuss - a short musket of wide bore with a flared muzzle
culverin - a medieval musket
fusil - a light flintlock musket
matchlock - an early style of musket; a slow-burning wick would be lowered into a hole in the breech to ignite the charge
muzzle loader - an obsolete firearm that was loaded through the muzzle
Translations
بُنْدِقِيَّه من طِراز قَديم
mušketa
musket
musketti
muskéta
framhlaðningurframhlaîningur
muškietamuškietininkas
muskete
muszkiet
mušketa
piyade tüfeği

musket

[ˈmʌskɪt] Nmosquete m

musket

[ˈmʌskɪt] nmousquet m

musket

nMuskete f

musket

[ˈmʌskɪt] nmoschetto

musket

(ˈmaskit) noun
an old type of gun once carried by foot-soldiers.
ˌmuskeˈteer noun
a soldier armed with a musket.
References in classic literature ?
S'pose musket he stop along you, that fella bushman he too much good friend along you.
Not one of the men ashore had a musket, and before they could get within range for pistol shooting, we flattered ourselves we should be able to give a good account of a half-dozen at least.
When the inhabitants approached they were greeted by the sharp question, "Who goes there?" while the rattle of the soldier's musket was heard as he presented it against their breasts.
A white smoke floated like a plume from the mouth of the musket, and a ball was flattened against a stone within six inches of the two gentlemen.
"Yes, yes," resumed De Guiche; "I am sure he can fire a musket when required.
"Let her if she dare!" tauntingly cried the eldest of the girls, brandishing a musket with a mien and resolution that would have done credit to her Amazonian dam.
To their slaves they did not give either musket or fusee; but they had each a halberd, or a long staff, like a quarter-staff, with a great spike of iron fastened into each end of it, and by his side a hatchet; also every one of our men had a hatchet.
He received us the first time in a cabin about a musket shot distant from the rest, furnished out with a throne in the middle built of clay and stones, and covered with tapestry and two velvet cushions.
Another was walking sturdily by himself but without his musket, groaning aloud and swinging his arm which had just been hurt, while blood from it was streaming over his greatcoat as from a bottle.
Oliver as bad as the rest of them, firing into the flocks as if he was shooting down nothing but Mingo warriors.” Among the sportsmen was Billy Kirby, who, armed with an old musket, was loading, and, without even looking into the air, was firing and shouting as his victims fell even on his own person.
Now, these reflections had led him further than he intended, and the day was beginning to decline when, by the last ray of the setting sun, he thought he saw the barrel of a musket glitter from behind a hedge.
ahab seized a loaded musket from the rack (forming part of most South-Sea-men's cabin furniture), and pointing it towards Starbuck, exclaimed: There is one God that is Lord over the earth, and one Captain that is lord over the Pequod.