- a short, slender piece of flammable wood used in making matches.
- something that suggests a matchstick, as in thinness or fragility.
Origin of matchstick
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Examples from the Web for matchstick
Two small openings roughly equal to the diameter of a matchstick are left for urination and menstruation respectively.Why Are American Doctors Mutilating Girls?
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
May 20, 2010
Save for the other matchstick mast and the spider-web ratlines, the horizon is unbroken.Jungle Peace
One pier of a concrete bridge, erected two years before,256 which spans Silver and Porter Streets, cracked off like a matchstick.
Turning sidewise, the boat lifted like a matchstick on the crest of a giant wave and spun dizzily down into the trough.The Spell of the White Sturgeon
James Arthur Kjelgaard
- the wooden part of a match
- made with or as if with matchsticksa matchstick model
- (esp of figures drawn with single strokes) thin and straightmatchstick men
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