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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. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • A brace of kegs and a slow match would do it any dark night.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • But for all of them, the slow match had to be used to start the fire train.

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

  • I could have left a train of gunpowder and a slow match behind, I was so cross!'

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • Then a slow match was made by rubbing gunpowder on some long strips of calico.

    Twice Bought R.M. Ballantyne
  • slow match and tinder are important matters to the explorer.

  • He took up a long stick which had a slow match twisted round it.

    Jim Davis John Masefield
  • He applied a slow match to it, and it broke into a blaze at once.

    A Roving Commission G. A. Henty
  • 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
  • The captain ordered the slow match to be brought to him, and went forward to the gun, which had been loaded and run out.

    Old Jack W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for slow match

slow match

a match or fuse that burns slowly without flame, esp a wick impregnated with potassium nitrate
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