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A match that ignites when struck on an abrasive surface.
(General Physics) a match that ignites as a result of the heat produced by friction when it is struck on a rough surface. See also safety match
1. a slender piece of wood or other flammable material tipped with a chemical substance that produces fire when rubbed on a rough or chemically prepared surface.
2. a wick, cord, or the like, prepared to burn at an even rate, used to fire cannon, gunpowder, etc.
[1350–1400; Middle English macche wick < Middle French meiche]
1. a person or thing that equals or resembles another in some respect.
2. a person or thing able to deal with another as an equal: to meet one's match.
3. a person or thing that is an exact counterpart of another.
4. a corresponding, suitably associated, or harmonious pair.
a. a game or contest in which two or more contestants or teams oppose each other.
b. a contest consisting of a specific number of sets: a tennis match.
6. any contest or competition that resembles a sports match: a shouting match.
7. a person considered with regard to suitability as a partner in marriage: a good match.
8. a matrimonial union; marriage.v.t.
9. to equal: to match his score.
10. to be the match or counterpart of: The skirt matches the jacket.
11. to cause to correspond: to match actions and beliefs.
12. to fit together.
13. to place in opposition or conflict.
14. to provide with an adversary or competitor of equal power: The teams were well matched.
15. to encounter as an adversary with equal power.
16. to prove a match for.
17. to unite in marriage; procure a matrimonial alliance for.
a. to toss (coins) into the air and then compare the matching or contrasting sides that land facing up.
b. to match coins with.
19. to be equal or suitable.
20. to correspond: These gloves do not match.
[before 900; Old English gemæcca mate]
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|Noun||1.||friction match - lighter consisting of a thin piece of wood or cardboard tipped with combustible chemical; ignites with friction; "he always carries matches to light his pipe"; "as long you've a lucifer to light your fag"|
kitchen match - a wooden friction match that will light on any granular surface; useful to light wood or gas stoves
igniter, ignitor, lighter, light - a device for lighting or igniting fuel or charges or fires; "do you have a light?"
matchstick - a short thin stick of wood used in making matches
slow match - match or fuse made to burn slowly and evenly