- matapan, cape,
- matas operation,
- match plate,
- match play,
- match point,
Origin of match1
- a game or contest in which two or more contestants or teams oppose each other: a soccer match.
- a contest consisting of a specific number of sets: a tennis match.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of match2
Examples from the Web for match
Part of the problem is the mandate of the war and the means with which the U.S. is fighting it do not match up.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War|Nancy A. Youssef|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
We can also begin to plan our wardrobes to match our new and improved selves.
When he is awarded Player of the Match while competing for India in England, he is given champagne at the ceremony.
The trouble is, Pakistan kept losing its wars with India and is indeed no match for India.
A season of Game of Thrones tells its story over ten hours, and only a video game adaptation could match or exceed that.‘Game of Thrones’ Interactive FanFiction: Whoops, My Friend Was Speared in the Throat|Alec Kubas-Meyer|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Lockley noted that the human confederates of the monsters had no protection against the beam to match his own.Operation Terror|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Or, if you will, like so many ant-hills of powder, they all stand before me; and I their match.Moby Dick; or The Whale|Herman Melville
He had edited the Alcestis, and married his laundress; lost money by his edition, and his fellowship by his match.Vivian Grey|Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
With Bentley in the condition he is he would be no match for Manape.Astounding Stories, June, 1931|Various
About a week before the Thirds "the Bull" was discussing the match in the dormitories.The Loom of Youth|Alec Waugh
- a partnership between a man and a woman, as in marriage
- an arrangement for such a partnership
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for match
Word Origin for match
"stick for striking fire," late 14c., macche, "wick of a candle or lamp," from Old French meiche "wick of a candle," from Vulgar Latin *micca/*miccia (cf. Catalan metxa, Spanish mecha, Italian miccia), probably ultimately from Latin myxa, from Greek myxa "lamp wick," originally "mucus," based on notion of wick dangling from the spout of a lamp like snot from a nostril, from PIE root *meug- "slimy, slippery" (see mucus). Modern spelling is from mid-15c. (English snot also had a secondary sense of "snuff of a candle, burnt part of a wick" from late 14c., surviving at least to late 19c. in northern dialects.)
Meaning "piece of cord or splinter of wood soaked in sulfur, used for lighting fires, lamps, candles, etc." is from 1530. First used 1831 for the modern type of wooden friction match, and competed with lucifer for much of 19c. as the name for this invention.
"one of a pair, an equal," Old English mæcca, "companion, mate, one of a pair, wife, husband, one suited to another, an equal," from gemæcca, from Proto-Germanic *gamakon "fitting well together" (cf. Old Saxon gimaco "fellow, equal," Old High German gimah "comfort, ease," Middle High German gemach "comfortable, quiet," German gemach "easy, leisurely"), from PIE root *mak-/*mag- "to fit" (see make (v.)). Middle English sense of "matching adversary, person able to contend with another" (c.1300) led to sporting meaning "contest," first attested 1540s.
"to join one to another" (originally especially in marriage), late 14c., from match (n.2). Meaning "to place (one) in conflict with (another)" is from c.1400. That of "to pair with a view to fitness" is from 1520s; that of "to be equal to" is from 1590s. Related: Matched; matching.
see meet one's match; mix and match; whole ball of wax (shooting match).