safety match
noun Date: 1857 a match capable of being struck and ignited only on a specially prepared friction surface

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Safety match — Safety chain Safety chain (a) (Railroads) A normally slack chain for preventing excessive movement between a truck and a car body in sluing. (b) An auxiliary watch chain, secured to the clothes, usually out of sight, to prevent stealing of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • safety match — n a match that you can light only by rubbing it along a special surface on the side of its box …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • safety match — safety ,match noun count a match that will only light when it is rubbed on the special surface on the side of its box …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • safety match — ► NOUN ▪ a match that ignites only when struck on a specially prepared surface, such as that on the side of a matchbox …   English terms dictionary

  • safety match — n. a match that will light only when it is struck on a prepared surface …   English World dictionary

  • safety match — noun a paper match that strikes only on a specially prepared surface • Syn: ↑book matches • Hypernyms: ↑match, ↑lucifer, ↑friction match * * * ˈsafety match 7 [safety match] …   Useful english dictionary

  • safety match — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms safety match : singular safety match plural safety matches a match that will only light when it is rubbed on the special surface on the side of its box …   English dictionary

  • safety match — match used for creating a fire …   English contemporary dictionary

  • safety match — safe′ty match n. a match designed to ignite only when rubbed on a specially prepared surface • Etymology: 1860–65 …   From formal English to slang

  • safety match — a match designed to ignite only when rubbed on a specially prepared surface. [1860 65] * * * …   Universalium

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