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match

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[ mach ]
/ mætʃ /
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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.
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Origin of match

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First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English meccche, macche “wick,” from Middle French meiche, Old French me(s)che, from unattested Vulgar Latin mesca “lamp wick,” variant of Latin myxa, from Greek mýxa “mucus, nostril, nozzle of a lamp”

Other definitions for match (2 of 2)

match2
[ mach ]
/ mætʃ /

noun
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)

Origin of match

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First recorded before 900; Middle English ma(c)che, me(c)che “husband, wife, mate, equal,” Old English gemæcca, gemecca “mate, fellow, consort”

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British Dictionary definitions for match (1 of 2)

match1
/ (mætʃ) /

noun
verb (mainly tr)

Derived forms of match

matchable, adjectivematcher, nounmatching, adjective

Word Origin for match

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

British Dictionary definitions for match (2 of 2)

match2
/ (mætʃ) /

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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Other Idioms and Phrases with match

match

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

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