friction match


noun

a kind of match tipped with a compound that ignites by friction.

Nearby words

  1. friction,
  2. friction clutch,
  3. friction drive,
  4. friction gearing,
  5. friction head,
  6. friction pile,
  7. friction rub,
  8. friction saw,
  9. friction sound,
  10. friction tape

Origin of friction match

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40

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British Dictionary definitions for friction match

friction match

noun

a match that ignites as a result of the heat produced by friction when it is struck on a rough surfaceSee also safety match
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