Slow match
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. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Slow match — or match cord is the very slow burning cord or twine fuse used by early gunpowder musketeers, artillerymen, and soldiers to ignite matchlock muskets, cannons, and petards. Slow matches were most suitable for use around black powder weapons… …   Wikipedia

  • Slow match — Slow Slow (sl[=o]), a. [Compar. {Slower} (sl[=o] [ e]r); superl. {Slowest}.] [OE. slow, slaw, AS. sl[=a]w; akin to OS. sl[=e]u blunt, dull, D. sleeuw, slee, sour, OHG. sl[=e]o blunt, dull, Icel. sl[=o]r, sl[ae]r, Dan. sl[ o]v, Sw. sl[ o]. Cf.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • slow match — slow′ match′ n. a slow burning match or fuse, often consisting of a rope or cord soaked in a solution of saltpeter • Etymology: 1795–1805 …   From formal English to slang

  • slow match — n. a match, or fuse, that burns slowly, used for setting off blasting charges …   English World dictionary

  • slow match — a slow burning match or fuse, often consisting of a rope or cord soaked in a solution of saltpeter. [1795 1805] * * * …   Universalium

  • slow match — /sloʊ ˈmætʃ/ (say sloh mach) noun a slow burning match or fuse, often consisting of a rope or cord soaked in a solution of saltpetre …   Australian English dictionary

  • slow match — noun match or fuse made to burn slowly and evenly • Hypernyms: ↑match, ↑lucifer, ↑friction match …   Useful english dictionary

  • slow match — noun a slow burning fuse used to ignite a matchlock musket or fire a cannon …   Wiktionary

  • slow match — noun historical a slow burning wick or cord for lighting explosives …   English new terms dictionary

  • slow match — noun Date: circa 1802 a match or fuse made so as to burn slowly and evenly and used for firing (as of blasting charges) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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