match


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Match \Match\, n. [OE. macche, AS. gemaecca; akin to gemaca, and
   to OS. gimako, OHG. gimah fitting, suitable, convenient,
   Icel. mark suitable, maki mate, Sw. make, Dan. mage; all from
   the root of E. make, v. See Make mate, and Make, v., and
   cf. Mate an associate.]
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   1. A person or thing equal or similar to another; one able to
      mate or cope with another; an equal; a mate.
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            Government . . . makes an innocent man, though of
            the lowest rank, a match for the mightiest of his
            fellow subjects.                      --Addison.
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   2. A bringing together of two parties suited to one another,
      as for a union, a trial of skill or force, a contest, or
      the like; specifically:
      (a) A contest to try strength or skill, or to determine
          superiority; a sporting contest; an emulous struggle.
          "Many a warlike match." --Drayton.
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                A solemn match was made; he lost the prize.
                                                  --Dryden.
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      (b) A matrimonial union; a marriage.
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   3. An agreement, compact, etc. "Thy hand upon that match."
      --Shak.
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            Love doth seldom suffer itself to be confined by
            other matches than those of its own making. --Boyle.
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   4. A candidate for matrimony; one to be gained in marriage.
      "She . . . was looked upon as the richest match of the
      West." --Clarendon.
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   5. Equality of conditions in contest or competition, or one
      who provides equal competition to another in a contest;
      as, he had no match as a swordsman within the city.
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            It were no match, your nail against his horn.
                                                  --Shak.
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   6. Suitable combination or bringing together; that which
      corresponds or harmonizes with something else; as, the
      carpet and curtains are a match.
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   7. (Founding) A perforated board, block of plaster, hardened
      sand, etc., in which a pattern is partly imbedded when a
      mold is made, for giving shape to the surfaces of
      separation between the parts of the mold.
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   Match boarding (Carp.), boards fitted together with tongue
      and groove, or prepared to be so fitted; a surface
      composed of match boarding. See matchboard.

   Match game, a game arranged as a test of superiority.

   Match plane (Carp.), either of the two planes used to shape
      the edges of boards which are joined by grooving and
      tonguing.

   Match plate (Founding), a board or plate on the opposite
      sides of which the halves of a pattern are fastened, to
      facilitate molding. --Knight.

   Match wheel (Mach.), a cogwheel of suitable pitch to work
      with another wheel; specifically, one of a pair of
      cogwheels of equal size.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Match \Match\ (m[a^]ch), n. [OE. macche, F. m[`e]che, F.
   m[`e]che, fr. L. myxa a lamp nozzle, Gr. my`xa mucus,
   nostril, a lamp nozzle. Cf. Mucus.]
   Anything used for catching and retaining or communicating
   fire, made of some substance which takes fire readily, or
   remains burning some time; esp., a small strip or splint of
   wood or cardboard dipped at one end in a substance which can
   be easily ignited by friction, as a preparation of phosphorus
   or chlorate of potassium.
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   Match tub, a tub with a perforated cover for holding slow
      matches for firing cannon, esp. on board ship. The tub
      contains a little water in the bottom, for extinguishing
      sparks from the lighted matches.

   Quick match, threads of cotton or cotton wick soaked in a
      solution of gunpowder mixed with gum arabic and boiling
      water and afterwards strewed over with mealed powder. It
      burns at the rate of one yard in thirteen seconds, and is
      used as priming for heavy mortars, fireworks, etc.

   Slow match, slightly twisted hempen rope soaked in a
      solution of limewater and saltpeter or washed in a lye of
      water and wood ashes. It burns at the rate of four or five
      inches an hour, and is used for firing cannon, fireworks,
      etc.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Match \Match\, v. i.
   1. To be united in marriage; to mate.
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            I hold it a sin to match in my kindred. --Shak.
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            Let tigers match with hinds, and wolves with sheep.
                                                  --Dryden.
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   2. To be of equal, or similar, size, figure, color, or
      quality; to tally; to suit; to correspond; as, these vases
      match.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Match \Match\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Matched; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Matching.]
   1. To be a mate or match for; to be able to complete with; to
      rival successfully; to equal.
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            No settled senses of the world can match
            The pleasure of that madness.         --Shak.
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   2. To furnish with its match; to bring a match, or equal,
      against; to show an equal competitor to; to set something
      in competition with, or in opposition to, as equal.
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            No history or antiquity can matchis policies and his
            conduct.                              --South.
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   3. To oppose as equal; to contend successfully against.
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            Eternal might
            To match with their inventions they presumed
            So easy, and of his thunder made a scorn. --Milton.
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   4. To make or procure the equal of, or that which is exactly
      similar to, or corresponds with; as, to match a vase or a
      horse; to match cloth. "Matching of patterns and colors."
      --Swift.
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   5. To make equal, proportionate, or suitable; to adapt, fit,
      or suit (one thing to another).
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            Let poets match their subject to their strength.
                                                  --Roscommon.
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   6. To marry; to give in marriage.
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            A senator of Rome survived,
            Would not have matched his daughter with a king.
                                                  --Addison.
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   7. To fit together, or make suitable for fitting together;
      specifically, to furnish with a tongue and a groove, at
      the edges; as, to match boards.
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   Matching machine, a planing machine for forming a tongue or
      a groove on the edge of a board.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Consolation game \Con`so*la"tion game\, match \match\, pot
\pot\, race \race\, etc.
   A game, match, etc., open only to losers in early stages of
   contests.
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