Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Idioms, Encyclopedia.

match 1

a. One that is exactly like another or a counterpart to another: Is there a match for this glove in the drawer?
b. One that is like another in one or more specified qualities: He is John's match for bravery.
2. One that is able to compete equally with another: The boxer had met his match.
a. One that closely resembles or harmonizes with another: The napkins were a nice match for the tablecloth.
b. A pair, each one of which resembles or harmonizes with the other: The colors were a close match.
4. Sports
a. A game or contest in which two or more persons, animals, or teams oppose and compete with each other: a soccer match.
b. A tennis contest won by the player or side that wins a specified number of sets, usually two out of three or three out of five.
5. A marriage or an arrangement of marriage: a royal match.
6. A person viewed as a prospective marriage partner.
v. matched, match·ing, match·es
v. tr.
a. To be like (another) or be a counterpart to: Does this sock match that one?
b. To resemble or harmonize with: The coat matches the dress.
2. To adapt or suit so that a balanced or harmonious result is achieved; cause to correspond: You should match your deeds to your beliefs.
3. To find or produce a counterpart to: It's difficult to match the color of old paint.
4. To pair (someone) with another in a romantic relationship or marriage: She was hoping to match her cousin with her neighbor.
5. To place in opposition or competition; pit: She matched her skill against all comers.
6. To provide with an adversary or competitor: The tournament matches the best offensive team with the best defensive team.
7. To do as well as or better than in competition; equal: She easily matches me in bicycle racing.
8. To set in comparison; compare: beauty that could never be matched.
9. To provide funds so as to equal or complement: The government will match all private donations to the museum.
10. To flip or toss (coins) and compare the sides that land face up.
11. To couple (electric circuits) by means of a transformer.
v. intr.
1. To be exactly like another; correspond exactly: Do the two socks match?
2. To harmonize with another: My shirt and my tie match.

[Middle English macche, from Old English gemæcca, companion, mate; see mag- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

match′er n.

match 2

1. A narrow piece of material, usually wood or cardboard, coated on one end with a compound that ignites when scratched against a rough or chemically treated surface.
2. An easily ignited cord or wick, formerly used to detonate powder charges or to fire cannons and muzzle-loading firearms.

[Middle English mecche, macche, lamp wick, from Anglo-Norman meche, mesche, perhaps ultimately from Latin myxa, a lamp's nozzle, from Greek muxa, mucus, lamp wick.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.matcher - someone who arranges (or tries to arrange) marriages for othersmatcher - someone who arranges (or tries to arrange) marriages for others
go-between, intercessor, intermediary, intermediator, mediator - a negotiator who acts as a link between parties
References in periodicals archive ?
Forensic sciences students Stephanie Ringrose and Regan Pardo demonstrated technological tools, including CSI techniques such as fingerprints collection and fingerprints analysis using computerized pattern searching tool CSI-Pix Matcher, as well as blood stains identification, trace evidence and document identification.
At one end of the system is a director who is assumed to have higher perceptual capabilities; and at the other end is a matcher who is assumed to have lower perceptual capabilities.
The matcher contingents included Kingston school for inclusive education, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Rise School of Special Education, Sam Special, Syed Special School, Syed Ahmad Shaheed Special Education, Light House Special, from Peshawar, Multan, Lahore, Islamabad, Faisalabad are taking part in Basketball, Badminton, Table Tennis, Cricket (Standing), Blind Cricket, athletics with 100m Lower Portion, Upper Portion, Crouches, Braces wheel chair, standing, powerlifting, standing table tennis, badminton, posing bodybuilding, gymnastic and Duck Race.
LAHORE -- Punjab police have decided to purchase 70 palm scanners and install one mega matcher software for collecting evidences, finger prints, sketches from the crime scene which can save at least two million data and match the evidences within 10 seconds.
Ali Chehade's Dream Matcher networking event began as an online startup, inspired by an idea for a television show which subsequently pivoted into an offline company.
MATCHER TV reality girl Ashley and, right, lookalike Lara with Walliams
Set in an open area right by the sea, the 3,000-square meter green space was turned into a festival venue featuring a number of NGOs and participants such as Skoun and Marsa, Beirut Green Project, Batroun Khaliya Ahla, AltCity, Dream Matcher, Jasmin, Surf School, Lola Vera, Mellow, Cirquenciel, Jugglers, and Lama Yulu, along with capoeira classes with Filhos De Bimba, an art battle with Secret Walls of Beirut, and other activities by Live Love Beirut.
At first I trained as a job matcher but soon began to take cases.
So when Adam Glogowski, our Leitz representative, suggested we should take a look at the Apex System from Leitz for our Hasko side matcher and end matcher machines, we agreed.
Then, when my bankruptcy came off my record in 2013, I used the credit matcher to get a Vanquis credit card which is for people with bad credit scores.
To make it easier to decide, customers can get a glimpse of how their complete outfit will look by using the interactive Colour Matcher on the Pure Brandz website.
One has to maintain a balance and try and find a middle path where a giver has the traits of both the taker and the matcher.