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[mach-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈmætʃˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
a board having a tongue formed on one edge and a groove of the same dimensions cut into the other, used with similar boards to compose floors, dados, etc.
Origin of matchboard
First recorded in 1840-50; match2 + board Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We could matchboard the timbers over if you like, but it is not usual.

    The Lost Heir G. A. Henty
  • And I think in any case I am wrong about his "matchboard" car.

  • Felt is fastened over the matchboard lining of the roof before the iron is put on.

    Rustic Carpentry Paul N. Hasluck
  • The four-inch steel deck gaped and split as though it had been made of matchboard.

    The World Peril of 1910 George Griffith
  • It was only matchboard, she decided, run up to make many little rooms of one large one.

    The Voyage Out Virginia Woolf
  • The Major and Mr. —— sit inside, hidden behind the matchboard plating.

British Dictionary definitions for matchboard


a long thin board with a tongue along one edge and a corresponding groove along the other, used with similar boards to line walls, ceilings, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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