friction match


friction match
noun
lighter consisting of a thin piece of wood or cardboard tipped with combustible chemical; ignites with friction
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he always carries matches to light his pipe

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as long you've a lucifer to light your fag

Syn: ↑match, ↑lucifer
Hypernyms: ↑lighter, ↑light, ↑igniter, ↑ignitor
Hyponyms: ↑fusee, ↑fuzee, ↑kitchen match, ↑safety match, ↑book matches, ↑slow match
Part Meronyms: ↑matchstick

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noun
: a match that is ignited by friction and has a tip usually containing phosphorus sulfide mixed with other combustibles and with oxidizing material (as potassium chlorate, saltpeter, or red lead)

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a kind of match tipped with a compound that ignites by friction.
[1830-40, Amer.]

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friction match,
a kind of match tipped with a compound that ignites by friction: »

He listed “lucifer matches” (or friction matches) among the great inventions of his time (Atlantic).


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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

  • 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] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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