A lit match.
- Match is defined as a small thin piece of wood or cardboard tipped with flammable chemicals that catch fire with friction.
An example of match is what someone would use to light a candle.
- The definition of a match is a person or thing that is similar, equal to or suitable for another or a game or contest.
- An example of match is a shirt and jeans that are the same color of black.
- An example of match is two people with a similar sense of humor.
- An example of match is two people playing cribbage.
- Historical a wick or cord prepared to burn at a uniform rate, used for firing guns or explosives
- a slender piece of wood, cardboard, waxed cord, etc. tipped with a composition that catches fire by friction; esp., a safety match
Origin of matchMiddle English macche from Old French mesche, wick of a candle, match from Vulgar Latin an unverified form micca, probably altered (by associated, association with muccare, to snuff a candle, origin, originally , to blow one's nose from Classical Latin mucus, mucus) from Classical Latin myxa from Gr, lamp wick, literally , nasal discharge, akin to Classical Latin mucus
- any person or thing equal or similar to another in some way; specif.,
- a person, group, or thing able to cope with or oppose another as an equal in power, size, etc.: to meet one's match
- a counterpart or facsimile
- either of two corresponding things or persons; one of a pair
- two or more persons or things that go together in appearance, size, or other quality: a purse and shoes that are a good match
- a contest or game involving two or more contestants; specif., a series of usually three sets in tennis
- an agreement to marry or mate
- a marriage or mating: to make a good match
- a person regarded as a suitable or possible mate
Origin of matchMiddle English macche from Old English (ge)mæcca, one suited to another, mate from base of macian, to make
- Now Rare to meet as an antagonist
- to compete with successfully
- to put in opposition (with); pit (against)
- to be equal, similar, suitable, or corresponding to in some way: his looks match his character
- to make, show, produce, or get a competitor, counterpart, or equivalent to: to match a piece of cloth
- to suit or fit (one thing) to another
- to fit (things) together; make similar or corresponding
- to compare
- to flip or reveal (coins) as a form of gambling or to decide something contested, the winner being determined by the combination of faces thus exposed
- to match coins with (another person), usually betting that the same faces will be exposed
- to be equal, similar, suitable, or corresponding in some way
- Obs. to mate
- match (transitive verb)
- compare (intransitive verb)
- a. One that is exactly like another or a counterpart to another: Is there a match for this glove in the drawer?b. One that is like another in one or more specified qualities: He is John's match for bravery.
- One that is able to compete equally with another: The boxer had met his match.
- a. One that closely resembles or harmonizes with another: The napkins were a nice match for the tablecloth.b. A pair, each one of which resembles or harmonizes with the other: The colors were a close match.
- Sports a. A game or contest in which two or more persons, animals, or teams oppose and compete with each other: a soccer match.b. A tennis contest won by the player or side that wins a specified number of sets, usually two out of three or three out of five.
- A marriage or an arrangement of marriage: a royal match.
- A person viewed as a prospective marriage partner.
verbmatched, match·ing, match·es
- a. To be like (another) or be a counterpart to: Does this sock match that one?b. To resemble or harmonize with: The coat matches the dress.
- To adapt or suit so that a balanced or harmonious result is achieved; cause to correspond: You should match your deeds to your beliefs.
- To find or produce a counterpart to: It's difficult to match the color of old paint.
- To pair (someone) with another in a romantic relationship or marriage: She was hoping to match her cousin with her neighbor.
- To place in opposition or competition; pit: She matched her skill against all comers.
- To provide with an adversary or competitor: The tournament matches the best offensive team with the best defensive team.
- To do as well as or better than in competition; equal: She easily matches me in bicycle racing.
- To set in comparison; compare: beauty that could never be matched.
- To provide funds so as to equal or complement: The government will match all private donations to the museum.
- To flip or toss (coins) and compare the sides that land face up.
- To couple (electric circuits) by means of a transformer.
- To be exactly like another; correspond exactly: Do the two socks match?
- To harmonize with another: Does this tie match my shirt?
Origin of matchMiddle English macche from Old English gemæcca companion, mate ; see mag- in Indo-European roots.
- A narrow piece of material, usually wood or cardboard, coated on one end with a compound that ignites when scratched against a rough or chemically treated surface.
- An easily ignited cord or wick, formerly used to detonate powder charges or to fire cannons and muzzle-loading firearms.
Origin of matchMiddle English mecche, macche lamp wick from Anglo-Norman meche, mesche perhaps ultimately from Latin myxa a lamp's nozzle from Greek muxa mucus, lamp wick
- (sports) A competitive sporting event such as a boxing meet, a baseball game, or a cricket match.
- My local team are playing in a match against their arch-rivals today.
- Any contest or trial of strength or skill, or to determine superiority.
- Someone with a measure of an attribute equaling or exceeding the object of comparison.
- He knew he had met his match.
- A marriage.
- A candidate for matrimony; one to be gained in marriage.
- Equivalence; a state of correspondence.
- Equality of conditions in contest or competition.
- A pair of items or entities with mutually suitable characteristics.
- The carpet and curtains are a match.
- An agreement or compact.
- (metalworking) A perforated board, block of plaster, hardened sand, etc., in which a pattern is partly embedded when a mould is made, for giving shape to the surfaces of separation between the parts of the mould.
(third-person singular simple present matches, present participle matching, simple past and past participle matched)
- (intransitive) To agree, to be equal, to correspond to.
- Their interests didn't match, so it took a long time to agree what to do together.
- These two copies are supposed to be identical, but they don't match.
- To make a successful match or pairing.
- They found out about his color-blindness when he couldn't match socks properly.
- To equal or exceed in achievement.
- She matched him at every turn: anything he could do, she could do as well or better.
- A senator of Rome survived, / Would not have matched his daughter with a king.
- To fit together, or make suitable for fitting together; specifically, to furnish with a tongue and groove at the edges.
- to match boards
From Middle English macche, from Old English mÃ¦cca, from gemÃ¦cca (“companion, mate, wife, one suited to another")
- Device made of wood or paper, at the tip coated with chemicals that ignite with the friction of being dragged (struck) against a rough dry surface.
- He struck a match and lit his cigarette.
match - Computer Definition
To compare. An equal comparison.