- 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
Related Words for matchingidentical, like, double, duplicate, twin, parallel, analogous, comparable, equivalent, same
Examples from the Web for matching
Contemporary Examples of matching
He wore white gloves, a dignified long black coat, and matching pants and vest, and he carried a dark walking stick.The Black Man Who Replaced Jefferson Davis in the Senate
January 7, 2015
His Oxford shirts and matching boxers are, needless to say, woven.The Photographer Who Gave Up Manhattan for Marrakech
January 6, 2015
Or there he is, matching leather jackets with a baby-faced Bruce Springsteen.‘All Good Cretins Go to Heaven’: Dee Dee Ramone’s Twisted Punk Paintings
December 15, 2014
So, to commemorate her 75th birthday, the two got matching butterfly tattoos on their wrists.Masters of Alt Sex: SuicideGirls Hits Puberty and Wants to Invade Your TV Set
December 9, 2014
Now that would be a remarkable achievement, even a bigger deal than matching Tony Bennett note for note.Can Lady Gaga Do Jazz?
September 22, 2014
Historical Examples of matching
Her bracelets, matching the neckchain, completed her rich toilet.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
It can be done by matching 149 them with club for club, meeting for meeting, speech for speech.The Crimson Tide
Robert W. Chambers
We're dead on his tail, five hundred miles back, and matching velocity.Slingshot
Irving W. Lande
Your surgeon will have no difficulty in matching the hands to the men.The Galaxy Primes
Edward Elmer Smith
Here for the first time there is a matching of fighting forces.Current History, A Monthly Magazine
New York Times
- 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
"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.
"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.
see meet one's match; mix and match; whole ball of wax (shooting match).