slow match

Origin of slow match

First recorded in 1795–1805
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Examples from the Web for slow match

Historical Examples of slow match

  • Simply a sort of slow-match; grows in the daytime as much as it burns away at night.

    Prince Vance

    Eleanor Putnam

  • He had a slow-match in his hand, which, hissing and spluttering, set his clothes on fire.

    The Missing Ship

    W. H. G. Kingston

  • I'm goin' to have six sticks of slow-match, an' five boxes of Ajax torpedoes.

    The Believing Years

    Edmund Lester Pearson

  • Give me your slow-match, its my turn; what am I going to set off?

  • The intention was to fire a slow-match and then for the officer and men to withdraw in boats.

    The Greater Republic

    Charles Morris


British Dictionary definitions for slow match

slow match

noun
  1. a match or fuse that burns slowly without flame, esp a wick impregnated with potassium nitrate
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