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)

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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 — 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… …   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

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