What is match?

  • (verb): Make correspond or harmonize.
    Example: "Match my sweater"
    Synonyms: fit
    See also — Additional definitions below


A match is a tool for starting a fire under controlled conditions. A typical modern match is made of a small wooden stick or stiff paper. One end is coated with a material that can be ignited by frictional heat generated by striking the match against a suitable surface. Matches are usually sold in quantity; wooden ones are packaged in boxes, and paper matches are clustered in rows stapled into matchbooks. They are commonly sold by tobacconists and many other kinds of shops. The coated end of a match, known as the match "head," contains either phosphorus or phosphorus sesquisulfide as the active ingredient and gelatin as a binder. There are two main types of matches: safety matches, which can be struck only against a specially prepared surface, and strike-anywhere matches, for which any suitably frictional surface can be used. Some match-like compositions, known as electric matches, are ignited electrically and do not make use of heat from friction.

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Professional Wrestling Match Types - Container-based Variations
... matches have a container stationed in or near the ring, with the object of the match being to trap the opposing wrestler in it ... matches take the name of the container, such as Ambulance match and the Casket match ... A similar type of match aims to restrain opposing wrestlers somehow, and the match often takes the name of the restraining device - for example, the Stretcher ...
Yousuf Al-Thunayan - Farewell Match
... on December 12, 2005 a big farewell match was organised between Al-Hilal and Valencia CF more than 65,000 people packed in King Fahd Stadium the match ended 2-1 in ...
Matchbooks and Matchboxes
... the American Joshua Pusey, who sold his patent to the Diamond Match Company ... The Diamond Match Company was later bought by Bryant and May ... The hobby of collecting match-related items, such as matchcovers and matchbox labels, is known as phillumeny ...
Kurt Angle - Professional Wrestling Career - Asistencia Asesoría Y Administración (2012)
... Hair match, where they faced Team Joaquín Roldán (Electroshock and L.A ... Electroshock won the match for his team by pinning Angle, forcing Dorian to have his head shaved bald ... However, after the match, Angle, Jarrett and Dorian overpowered the winners and shaved Joaquín bald ...
Match Game
... Match Game (also called The Match Game, Match Game 7x, and Match Game PM) is an American television game show in which contestants attempted to match celebrities' answers to fill-in-the-blank ... versions of the 1970s and 1980s, starting with Match Game 73, are remembered for their bawdy and sometimes rowdy humor involving contestants trying to match six ...

More definitions of "match":

  • (noun): The score needed to win a match.
  • (noun): Something that resembles or harmonizes with.
    Example: "That tie makes a good match with your jacket"
  • (noun): A pair of people who live together.
    Synonyms: couple, mates
  • (noun): A person who is of equal standing with another in a group.
    Synonyms: peer, equal, compeer
  • (verb): Bring two objects, ideas, or people together.
    Example: "Matchmaker, can you match my daughter with a nice young man?"
    Synonyms: mate, couple, pair, twin
  • (verb): Satisfy or fulfill.
    Example: "This job doesn't match my dreams"
    Synonyms: meet, cope with
  • (noun): Lighter consisting of a thin piece of wood or cardboard tipped with combustible chemical; ignites with friction.
    Example: "He always carries matches to light his pipe"
    Synonyms: lucifer, friction match
  • (verb): Set into opposition or rivalry.
    Example: "Let them match their best athletes against ours"
    Synonyms: pit, oppose, play off
  • (verb): Provide funds complementary to.
    Example: "The company matched the employees' contributions"
  • (verb): Give or join in marriage.
  • (noun): An exact duplicate.
    Example: "When a match is found an entry is made in the notebook"
    Synonyms: mate
  • (noun): A person regarded as a good matrimonial prospect.
    Synonyms: catch
  • (verb): Be equal to in quality or ability.
    Example: "Her persistence and ambition only matches that of her parents"
    Synonyms: equal, touch, rival
  • (verb): Be compatible, similar or consistent; coincide in their characteristics.
    Example: "The suspect's fingerprints don't match those on the gun"
    Synonyms: fit, correspond, check, jibe, gibe, tally, agree
  • (noun): A burning piece of wood or cardboard.
    Example: "If you drop a match in there the whole place will explode"
  • (noun): A formal contest in which two or more persons or teams compete.
  • (verb): Be equal or harmonize.
    Example: "The two pieces match"

Famous quotes containing the word match:

    The phonographs of hades in the brain
    Are tunnels that re-wind themselves, and love
    A burnt match skating in a urinal—
    Hart Crane (1899–1932)

    One fairer than my love! The all-seeing sun
    Ne’er saw her match since first the world begun.
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)

    They who have considered our nature, affirm that shame and disgrace are two of the most insupportable evils of human life: the courage and spirits of many have master’d other misfortunes and borne themselves up against them; but the wisest and best of souls have not been a match for these.
    Laurence Sterne (1713–1768)