a kind of match tipped with a compound that ignites by friction.
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Origin of friction match
An Americanism dating back to 1830–40
Words nearby friction match
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British Dictionary definitions for friction match
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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