- 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)
- matapan, cape,
- matas operation,
- match plate,
- match play,
- match point,
Origin of match2
Examples from the Web for unmatched
Crawforth claims that his subject was unmatched as a taxonomist, and that his self-effacing style elevated his writing.
He hated anything that was highfalutin, and he had a BS detector—his phrase again—that was unmatched in the business.
Our brave men and women in uniform, tempered by the flames of battle, are unmatched in skill and courage.
That outbreak stands as an unmatched record of resistance in modern military history.The Bin Laden of His Day? A New Biography of Geronimo|Marc Wortman|December 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
His advanced rules of war established 1400 years ago a yet unmatched humanitarian standard.
Nowhere was there a larger assortment of odd and unmatched letter paper.Hints to Pilgrims|Charles Stephen Brooks
He was that creature of unmatched vanity, a young man with his first job.Still Jim|Honor Willsie Morrow
Immediately below us, a little to the right, embosomed in the mountains, lay the unmatched beauties of Glengarriff.The Felon's Track|Michael Doheny
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They were all joined in pairs, but none were rightly mated; all unmatched in size, form and color.Dawn|Mrs. Harriet A. Adams
- 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).