matchwood


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match·wood

 (măch′wo͝od′)
n.
1. Wood in small pieces or splinters suitable especially for making matches.
2. Splinters: The vessel was beaten to matchwood on the rocks.

matchwood

(ˈmætʃˌwʊd)
n
1. wood suitable for making matches
2. splinters or fragments: the bomb blew the house to matchwood.

match•wood

(ˈmætʃˌwʊd)

n.
fragments of wood.
[1590–1600]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.matchwood - wood in small pieces or splintersmatchwood - wood in small pieces or splinters; "the vessel was beaten to matchwood on the rocks"
wood - the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees
2.matchwood - wood suitable for making matchsticks
wood - the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees
3.matchwood - fragments of woodmatchwood - fragments of wood; "it was smashed into matchwood"
chip, fleck, scrap, bit, flake - a small fragment of something broken off from the whole; "a bit of rock caught him in the eye"
Translations

matchwood

[ˈmætʃwʊd] Nastillas fpl
to smash sth to matchwoodhacer algo añicos
to be smashed to matchwoodhacerse añicos

matchwood

[ˈmætʃˌwud] nlegno per fiammiferi
the boat was smashed to matchwood (fig) → la barca fu completamente sfasciata
References in classic literature ?
The guns of the THUNDER CHILD sounded through the reek, going off one after the other, and one shot splashed the water high close by the steamer, ricocheted towards the other flying ships to the north, and smashed a smack to matchwood.
The chair went to matchwood at the bottom, and we rolled apart into the gutter.
The great stick was torn from his grasp and broken in two as though it had been matchwood, to be flung aside as the now infuriated beast charged for his adversary's throat.
When I remember how I've cut down a mile and a half of green poisonous jungle with an old cutlass half as sharp as this; and then remember I must stop here and chop this matchwood, because of some confounded old bargain scribbled in a family Bible, why, I--"
The long-boat changed, as if by magic, into matchwood where she stood in her gripes.
Flesh fade, and mortal trash Fall to the residuary worm; 'world's wildfire, leave but ash: In a flash, at a trumpet crash, I am all at once what Christ is, 'since he was what I am, and This Jack, joke, poor potsherd, 'patch, matchwood, immortal diamond.
I was on the other side of the debate when they first started, but after seeing some of my beloved Binondo structures torn down and turned into debris and matchwood, I began to change my mind.
In 1512, Spanish mercenaries made matchwood of Tuscan defences, the republic fell and the Medici returned.
Great trees were uprooted and split like matchwood, some falling over the trench.
Japan on Friday mourned the thousands who lost their lives in a massive earthquake and tsunami five years ago that turned towns to matchwood and triggered the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.
The physical descriptions are wonderful: "Jerome, AZ--a town that seemed to be made of matchwood and perched on a cliffside to spit in the face of gravity .
Flesh fade, and mortal trash Fall to the residuary worm; | world's wildfire, leave but ash: In a flash, at a trumpet crash, I am all at once what Christ is, | since he was what I am, and This Jack, joke, poor potsherd, | patch, matchwood, immortal diamond, Is immortal diamond.