friction match
Lucifer Lu"ci*fer, n. [L., bringing light, n., the morning star, fr. lux, lucis, light + ferre to bring.] [1913 Webster] 1. The planet Venus, when appearing as the morning star; -- applied in Isaiah by a metaphor to a king of Babylon. [1913 Webster]

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground which didst weaken the nations! --Is. xiv. 12. [1913 Webster]

Tertullian and Gregory the Great understood this passage of Isaiah in reference to the fall of Satan; in consequence of which the name Lucifer has since been applied to Satan. --Kitto. [1913 Webster]

2. Hence, Satan. [1913 Webster]

How wretched Is that poor man that hangs on princes' favors! . . . When he falls, he falls like Lucifer, Never to hope again. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. A match[1] made of a sliver of wood tipped with a combustible substance, and ignited by friction; -- called also {lucifer match}, and {locofoco}, now most commonly referred to as a {friction match}. See {Locofoco}. [1913 Webster]

4. (Zo["o]l.) A genus of free-swimming macruran Crustacea, having a slender body and long appendages. [1913 Webster]


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  • friction match — ☆ friction match n. a match that lights by friction: includes all modern matches …   English World dictionary

  • friction match — noun lighter consisting of a thin piece of wood or cardboard tipped with combustible chemical; ignites with friction he always carries matches to light his pipe as long you ve a lucifer to light your fag • Syn: ↑match, ↑lucifer • Hypernyms:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • friction match — a kind of match tipped with a compound that ignites by friction. [1830 40, Amer.] * * * …   Universalium

  • friction match — fric′tion match n. match I, 1) • Etymology: 1830–40, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • friction match — /ˈfrɪkʃən mætʃ/ (say frikshuhn mach) noun a match ignited by striking on a rough surface; lucifer; lucifer match …   Australian English dictionary

  • Match — For other uses, see Match (disambiguation). An igniting match …   Wikipedia

  • friction — noun /ˈfɹɪkʃən̩/ a) The rubbing of one object or surface against another. b) Conflict, as between persons having dissimilar ideas or interests; clash. See Also: coefficient of friction, static friction, dynamic friction, friction clutch, friction …   Wiktionary

  • match — Synonyms and related words: Congreve, Congreve match, Olympic games, Olympics, a world without end bargain, accompany, accord, accumulate, adjust, admit of comparison, adversary, affiliation, agglomerate, aggregate, aggroup, agree, align,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • match — {{11}}match (n.1) stick for striking fire, late 14c., macche, wick of a candle or lamp, from O.Fr. meiche wick of a candle, from V.L. *micca/*miccia (Cf. Catalan metxa, Sp. mecha, It. miccia), probably ultimately from L. myxa, from Gk. myxa lamp… …   Etymology dictionary

  • match — I n 1. mate, twin, double, look alike, counterpart, one of a pair, bird of a feather, Astron. comes; duplicate, copy, facsimile, replica, replication, reproduction, same thing, Inf. spit and image, Inf. spitting image, Sl. ringer. 2. parallel,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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