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slow match

a slow-burning match or fuse, often consisting of a rope or cord soaked in a solution of saltpeter.
Origin of slow match
First recorded in 1795-1805 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I think that had they put a slow match in the magazine of the other brigantine it would have exploded before this.

    A Roving Commission G. A. Henty
  • I could have left a train of gunpowder and a slow match behind, I was so cross!'

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The clockwork had been better adjusted than the slow match in the 'Fortune.'

  • A brace of kegs and a slow match would do it any dark night.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • In those days, cannon were touched off by means of a slow match, a kind of cord that burns slowly like punk.

  • Before 1800, the slow match was in universal use for setting off the charge.

  • But for all of them, the slow match had to be used to start the fire train.

  • Then a slow match was made by rubbing gunpowder on some long strips of calico.

    Twice Bought R.M. Ballantyne
  • He took up a long stick which had a slow match twisted round it.

    Jim Davis John Masefield
  • Asking us to stand a little back, he applied a slow match to the heap, and retired several paces.

    In the Track of the Troops R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for slow match

slow match

a match or fuse that burns slowly without flame, esp a wick impregnated with potassium nitrate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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