- 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.
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- Obsolete 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, sometimes only when rubbed on a specially prepared surface
Origin: Middle 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.; peer
- 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; pair: 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: Middle English macche from Old English (ge)mæcca, one suited to another, mate from base of macian, to make
- to join in marriage; get a (suitable) match for; mate
- 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
- Obsolete to mate
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- a. One that is exactly like another; a counterpart.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.
- a. To be exactly like; correspond exactly.b. To be like with respect to specified qualities.
- 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 fit together or cause to fit together.
- To join or give in marriage.
- To place in opposition or competition; pit: She matched her skill against all comers.
- To provide with an adversary or competitor.
- To do as well as or better than in competition; equal.
- 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.
Origin: Middle English macche, from Old English gemǽcca, companion, mate; see mag- in Indo-European roots.
- matchˈer noun
- A narrow piece, usually of 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: Middle English matche, lamp wick, from Old French mesche, from Vulgar Latin *micca, from Latin myxa, a lamp's nozzle, from Greek muxa, mucus, lamp wick.
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To compare. An equal comparison.
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