Match
Match Match, n. [OE. macche, AS. gem[ae]cca; 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.] [1913 Webster] 1. A person or thing equal or similar to another; one able to mate or cope with another; an equal; a mate. [1913 Webster]

Government . . . makes an innocent man, though of the lowest rank, a match for the mightiest of his fellow subjects. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

A solemn match was made; he lost the prize. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] (b) A matrimonial union; a marriage. [1913 Webster]

3. An agreement, compact, etc. ``Thy hand upon that match.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Love doth seldom suffer itself to be confined by other matches than those of its own making. --Boyle. [1913 Webster]

4. A candidate for matrimony; one to be gained in marriage. ``She . . . was looked upon as the richest match of the West.'' --Clarendon. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

It were no match, your nail against his horn. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

6. Suitable combination or bringing together; that which corresponds or harmonizes with something else; as, the carpet and curtains are a match. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


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  • 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. [1913 Webster] No settled senses of the world can match The pleasure of that madness.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Match — [mɛtʃ̮], das; [e]s, s: sportlicher Wettkampf in Form eines Spiels: ein spannendes Match; die Tennisspieler lieferten sich ein hartes Match. Syn.: ↑ Partie. Zus.: Tennismatch, Tischtennismatch. * * * Match 〈[ mæ̣tʃ] n.15 od. 11 oder m. 1 oder… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • match — match1 [mach] n. [ME macche < OFr mesche, wick of a candle, match < VL * micca, prob. altered (by assoc. with muccare, to snuff a candle, orig., to blow one s nose < L mucus, MUCUS) < L myxa < Gr, lamp wick, lit., nasal discharge,… …   English World dictionary

  • Match — Sn erw. fach. (20. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus ne. match, einer Substantivierung von ne. match abgleichen, vereinigen, gleich stark sein , zu ne. match Teil eines Paares, Gleichartiges , aus ae. gemæcca m./f. Gemahl(in), Teil eines Paares,… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Match — Match, v. i. 1. To be united in marriage; to mate. [1913 Webster] I hold it a sin to match in my kindred. Shak. [1913 Webster] Let tigers match with hinds, and wolves with sheep. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To be of equal, or similar, size, figure …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • match — vb Match, rival, equal, approach, touch are comparable, especially in negative constructions, when they mean to come up to or nearly up to the level or standard of something else. One thing matches another when it proves to be its mate, rather… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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