Match box, a box for holding matches. - - Match tub, a tub with a perforated cover for holding slow
matches for firing cannon, esp. on board ship. The tub contains a little water in the bottom, for extinguishing
sparks from the lighted matches. Quick match, threads of cotton or cotton wick soaked in a solution
of gunpowder mixed with gum arabic and boiling water and afterwards strewed over with mealed powder.
It burns at the rate of one yard in thirteen seconds, and is used as priming for heavy mortars, fireworks,
etc. Slow match, slightly twisted hempen rope soaked in a solution of limewater and saltpeter or
washed in a lye of water and wood ashes. It burns at the rate of four or five inches an hour, and is used
for firing cannon, fireworks, etc.
(Match), n. [OE. macche, AS. gemæcca; akin to gemaca, and to OS. gimako, OHG. gimah
fitting, suitable, convenient, Icel. mark suitable, maki mate, Sw. make, Dan. mage; all from the root
of E. make, v. See Make mate, and Make, v., and cf. Mate an associate.]
1. A person or thing equal or similar to another; one able to mate or cope with another; an equal; a mate.
Government . . . makes an innocent man, though of the lowest rank, a match for the mightiest of his
2. A bringing together of two parties suited to one another, as for a union, a trial of skill or force, a contest,
or the like; as, specifically: (a) A contest to try strength or skill, or to determine superiority; an emulous
struggle. "Many a warlike match." Drayton.
A solemn match was made; he lost the prize.Dryden.
(b) A matrimonial union; a marriage.
3. An agreement, compact, etc. "Thy hand upon that match." Shak.
Love doth seldom suffer itself to be confined by other matches than those of its own making.Boyle.
4. A candidate for matrimony; one to be gained in marriage. "She . . . was looked upon as the richest
match of the West." Clarendon.
5. Equality of conditions in contest or competition.
It were no match, your nail against his horn.Shak.
6. Suitable combination or bringing together; that which corresponds or harmonizes with something else; as,
the carpet and curtains are a match.
7. (Founding) A perforated board, block of plaster, hardened sand, etc., in which a pattern is partly
imbedded when a mold is made, for giving shape to the surfaces of separation between the parts of the
Match boarding (Carp.), boards fitted together with tongue and groove, or prepared to be so fitted.
Match game, a game arranged as a test of superiority. Match plane (Carp.), either of the two
planes used to shape the edges of boards which are joined by grooving and tonguing. Match plate
(Founding), a board or plate on the opposite sides of which the halves of a pattern are fastened, to
facilitate molding. Knight. Match wheel (Mach.), a cogwheel of suitable pitch to work with another
wheel; specifically, one of a pair of cogwheels of equal size.
(Match), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Matched ; p. pr. & vb. n. Matching.]
1. To be a mate or match for; to be able to complete with; to rival successfully; to equal.
No settled senses of the world can matchShak.
The pleasure of that madness.
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