- a person or thing that equals or resembles another in some respect.
- a person or thing able to cope with another as an equal: to meet one's match.
- a person or thing that is an exact counterpart of another.
- a corresponding, suitably associated, or harmonious pair: The blue hat and green scarf were not a good match.
- 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.
- any contest or competition that resembles a sports match: a shouting match.
- a person considered with regard to suitability as a partner in marriage: a good match.
- a matrimonial union; marriage: Neither family approved of the match.
- to equal; be equal to: My talent does not match his.
- to be the match or counterpart of; harmonize with: The skirt matches the jacket perfectly.
- to cause to correspond; adapt: to match one's actions to one's beliefs.
- to fit together, as two things: to match the pieces of a puzzle.
- to fit (boards) together, side by side or end to end, with a tongue-and-groove or rabbeted joint.
- to procure or produce an equal to: Try though we did, we could not match our first success.
- to place in opposition or conflict: I matched my wits against his strength.
- to provide with an adversary or competitor of equal power: The teams were well matched.
- to encounter as an adversary with equal power.
- to prove a match for.
- to unite in marriage; procure a matrimonial alliance for.
- to toss (coins) into the air and then compare the matching or contrasting sides that land facing up, as for determining the winner of a bet.
- to match coins with.
- to be equal or suitable: Our talents match.
- to correspond; be of corresponding size, shape, color, pattern, etc.: These gloves do not match.
- Archaic. to ally oneself in marriage.
Origin of match2
Examples from the Web for 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
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 formal game or sports event in which people, teams, etc, compete to win
- a person or thing able to provide competition for anothershe's met her match in talking ability
- a person or thing that resembles, harmonizes with, or is equivalent to another in a specified respectthat coat is a good match for your hat
- a person or thing that is an exact copy or equal of another
- a partnership between a man and a woman, as in marriage
- an arrangement for such a partnership
- a person regarded as a possible partner, as in marriage
- to fit (parts) togetherto match the tongue and groove of boards
- (also intr sometimes foll by up) to resemble, harmonize with, correspond to, or equal (one another or something else)the skirt matches your shoes well
- (sometimes foll by with or against) to compare in order to determine which is the superiorthey matched wits
- (often foll by to or with) to adapt so as to correspond withto match hope with reality
- (often foll by with or against) to arrange a competition between
- to find a match for
- electronics to connect (two circuits) so that their impedances are equal or are equalized by a coupling device, to produce a maximum transfer of energy
- 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 and History for matching
"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.
- The process of comparing a study group and a comparison group in an epidemiological study with respect to extraneous or confounding factors such as age, sex, or breed.
Idioms and Phrases with matching
see meet one's match; mix and match; whole ball of wax (shooting match).