match

1
[ mach ]
/ mætʃ /

noun

a slender piece of wood, cardboard, or other flammable material tipped with a chemical substance that produces fire when rubbed on a rough or chemically prepared surface.
a wick, cord, or the like, prepared to burn at an even rate, used to fire cannon, gunpowder, etc.

Nearby words

  1. matapan,
  2. matapan, cape,
  3. mataró,
  4. matas operation,
  5. matata,
  6. match plate,
  7. match play,
  8. match point,
  9. match-fit,
  10. match-funding

Origin of match

1
1350–1400; Middle English macche wick < Middle French meiche, Old French mesche < Vulgar Latin *mesca lamp wick, metathetic variant of Latin myxa < Greek mýxa mucus, nostril, nozzle of a lamp

match

2
[ mach ]
/ mætʃ /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Origin of match

2
before 900; Middle English macche, Old English gemæcca mate, fellow

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British Dictionary definitions for match

match

1
/ (mætʃ) /

noun

verb (mainly tr)

Derived Formsmatchable, adjectivematcher, nounmatching, adjective

Word Origin for match

Old English gemæcca spouse; related to Old High German gimmaha wife, Old Norse maki mate

noun

a thin strip of wood or cardboard tipped with a chemical that ignites by friction when rubbed on a rough surface or a surface coated with a suitable chemicalSee safety match
a length of cord or wick impregnated with a chemical so that it burns slowly. It is used to fire cannons, explosives, etc

Word Origin for match

C14: from Old French meiche, perhaps from Latin myxa wick, from Greek muxa lamp nozzle

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Word Origin and History for match
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with match

match

see meet one's match; mix and match; whole ball of wax (shooting match).

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